Preparedness

View the helpful preparation tips in the event of an earthquake in Goose Creek:
  • Pick "safe places" in each room of your home under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows and tall furniture
  • In each of the safe places practice drop, cover, and hold on. That means drop under the selected table / desk, hold on to one of the legs, and cover your eyes by holding your head down.
  • Practice drop, cover, and hold on at least twice a year
  • Inform guests, babysitters and caregivers of your plan. Everyone in your home should know what to do if an earthquake occurs
  • Get first aid training
  • Discuss earthquakes with your family
  • Talk to your insurance agent. Make sure your home is insured in the event of an earthquake.
Protect Your Property
  • Bolt bookcases, china cabinets, and other tall furniture to wall studs
  • Brace or anchor high or top-heavy objects
  • Secure any items that might fall (television, books, computer)
  • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets
  • Move large or heavy objects and fragile items to lower shelves
  • Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches
  • Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, or anywhere people sit
  • Brace overhead light fixtures
  • Strap water heater to wall studs
  • Bolt down any gas appliances
  • Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks
  • Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations
  • Check to see if your house is bolted to its foundation - homes bolted to their foundations are less likely to be severely damaged during earthquakes