Waves of panic rippled through the Northwest this summer after a New York Times article (“The Really Big One”), describing an impending gigantic earthquake, went viral. Our message to you: don’t be scared, prepare!

Below are seven tips from on how to prepare for and survive an earthquake as safely and smoothly as possible.

A small amount of preparation can prevent a world of hurt. We believe this to be true about many areas of life, including estate planning. Taking the time to execute a few estate planning documents ensures that you and your family are prepared for worst case scenarios and will reduce your anxiety during challenging times. Contact us for our help!

Before the next big earthquake we recommend these four steps that will make you, your family, or your workplace better prepared to survive and recover quickly:

Step 1:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
Secure your space

Step 2:
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Create a Disaster Plan

Step 3:
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Organize Disaster Supplies

Step 4:
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
Organize Important Documents

During the next big earthquake, and immediately after, is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies:

Step 5:
Drop, Cover, and Hold On when the earth shakes.
Drop, Cover, and Hold

Step 6:
Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.After the immediate threat of the earthquake has passed, your level of preparedness will determine your quality of life in the weeks and months that follow:
Evacuate if Necessary

Step 7:
Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.
Reconnect and Restore

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