Earthquakes – What to Do

On Tuesday, July 23 an earthquake affected the Eastern part of the U.S. and could be felt from Georgia all the way up to Canada. Though earthquakes are not completely unheard of in this part of the country, they are still infrequent and the Eastern U.S. is not prepared for this type of event.

Here are a few recommendations of what to do before, during and after an earthquake. For more information visit FEMA online.


–         Prepare your home: fasten shelves securely to walls, hang heavy wall items away from where they might fall one you such as beds or couches, brace appliances and fixtures, repair defective electrical wiring or gas connections, store breakable items in low cabinets or shelves, store toxic or flammable products properly.

–         Find a safe place indoors and outdoors: away from where something could fall on you.

–         Have disaster supplies ready: flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid supplies, emergency food and water, essential medicine, money.

–         Have a plan and a means of communication between you and your family.


–         Drop to the ground, cover by getting under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on until the shaking stops. If there isn’t something to take cover under, crouch with your arms over your face and head in an inside corner of a building.

–         Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls or anything that could fall.

–         Stay inside until the shaking stops.

–         If outside:  stay there. Move away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires.

–         If in a vehicle stop as quickly and safety as possible and stay in the vehicle.  Avoid stopping near buildings, trees, overpasses and utility wires.


–         Be prepared for aftershocks.

–         Listen to the local radio for information and instruction.

–         Stay away from damaged areas.

–         Clean up spilled medicines, cleaning supplies, gasoline or other flammable substances.

–         Check for gas leaks.

–         Look for electrical damage.

–         Check for sewage and water line damage.

The Seltzer Group with locations in Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania, serves businesses and individuals locally, regionally, and on the national level.  The Seltzer Group is a proud member of the Keystone Insurers Group.

Earthquakes – What to Do was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry