Preparing for Utah's Next Earthquake

Published 04/02 2014 07:09AM

Updated 04/02 2014 07:22AM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - With a growing number of earthquakes around the country and world, we brought on an expert from AAA Utah to discuss what you need to do to get your family earthquake prepared.

AAA Earthquake Safety Tips
Create an earthquake survival kit. This is one of the most important steps you can take. The kit should include canned goods and can opener, two to four quarts of water per person per day, battery operated or hand crank radio, sanitary supplies, a camp stove, portable radio, flashlight and spare batteries, and tools to turn off utilities.
Know how to shut off your home's gas, water and electricity. You should also make sure your water heater is securely fastened to a wall or post with two metal straps.
Conduct family earthquake drills. Make sure everyone knows which areas in a room are the safest. This may be underneath a table or against a wall. Stay away from windows, fireplaces and tall furniture.
Decide where your family will reunite if you're separated. Choose a friend or relative you can call after an earthquake to let them know your location and condition. Phone lines are often overloaded or damaged in an earthquake and specifying one point of contact for your entire family will help avoid a strain on the system.
Childproof your cabinet doors. It may seem like an annoyance initially, but installing latches on your cabinet doors can prevent them from flying open in an earthquake. By properly securing the doors you can keep precious belongings from spilling out and breaking.
Check your insurance for earthquake coverage. Knowing what coverage you have can help speed up your recovery after a big quake. Most homeowners' policies do NOT cover damage resulting from an earthquake, and in most cases a separate earthquake endorsement or policy is needed. You can find out more at

To make sure your AAA Home Insurance is up to date or to get a quote on a policy, call (800) 922-8228 to speak to a AAA Insurance Representative.

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