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The good news: the changes we must make to avoid ultimate collapse are identical to the changes we must make to create the world of our common dream.”    

 ~David Korten


The Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI)
Resource Center

Earthquakes and Volcanoes – What to do When One Strikes

When the ground suddenly shakes … What do you do? Remember three important things:

  •  Drop – Get low to the ground
  •  Cover – Get under a sturdy piece of furniture, if there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms (or a pillow/pad if available) and crouch in an inside corner of the building that you are in
  •  Hold On – If you are under a sturdy piece of furniture, hold on to it until the shaking stop

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and with no warning. Before you have to Drop, Cover and Hold, there are a few things you can do to prepare for a quake before it happens.

1. Check for Hazards in the Home (Make a Plan)
2. Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors (Make a Plan)
3. Educate Yourself and Family Members (Make a Plan & Get Involved)
4. Have Disaster Supplies on Hand (Make a Disaster Kit)
5. Develop an Emergency Communication Plan (Make a Plan)
6. Help Your Community Get Ready (Get Involved)

Articles of Interest - Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Key Facts About Preparing for a Volcanic Eruption


Key Facts About Protecting Yourself During a Volcanic Eruption

Key Facts About Volcanic Eruptions

Earthquakes-Being Prepared U.S.Geological Survey’s "Alert Notification System for Volcanic Activity"

Shallow-Landslide Hazard Map of Seattle, Washington

U.S. Geological Survey’s "The National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS)"

Seattle Landslide Map

Volcanoes: Related Links

Seattle Landslide Map 2


Additional Resources (Note: You will leave the Goodenogh site)

WA EMD (Quake Prep) USGS Quake Maps
Seattle Earthquake Prep Pacific NW Seismic Network
California Shake Out Landslides
Earthquake Country International Tsunami Information Center
FEMA Earthquakes  

EPI Resources

American Red Cross Disaster  Plan Calendar

EPI Topics

First Things First

Earthquakes and Volcanoes




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