Earthquake Disaster Preparedness

Earthquake Disaster Preparedness

Massachusetts is located in a “moderate” earthquake zone according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). While the last major earthquake to hit our area was in 1755, knowing what to do in preparation is the key to safety for yourself and your family.

Prepare for an Earthquake

  • Prepare an emergency kit and create a family communication plan that includes earthquake drills. (Click Here)
  • Fasten shelves securely and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Breakable items should be stored in low, closed cabinets that have latches.
  • Heavy wall items should be attached securely and away from beds, couches or anywhere people might be underneath.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy lamps.
  • Have a qualified professional check for defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
  • Secure water heater, refrigerator, furnace, and gas appliances with strapping or bolting. If recommended by your gas company, install an automatic vibration shutoff valve.
  • Check for structural defects including cracks in ceiling or foundation and repair as soon as possible.
  • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with a latch.
  • Locate safest spot in each room under a sturdy table or against inside wall. No doorways.
  • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with latches.

When an Earthquake Hits

  • Locate the safest spot in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Keep out of doorways.
  • Drop, cover, and hold on until the quake stops.

For information about Earthquake Coverage, please call Eastern Insurance at 800-33-7234.