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Be Prepared

  • Know your local area, particularly if there is a history of earthquakes.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand, including a battery operated radio, torch and spare batteries.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.
  • Identify a meeting place in case you become separated from loved ones.

Act Safe

If an earthquake strikes:

  • If indoors, stay there.
  • Seek shelter under a door frame, table, or bench.
  • If outdoors, keep well clear of buildings and other structures, power lines, trees etc.
  • If in a vehicle, stop in an open area and listen to your car radio for advice.
  • Do not use elevators or lifts.

Stay Vigilant

  • Expect aftershocks.
  • Keep your radio tuned to local media.
  • Watch for hazards and check for injuries or damage.
  • Turn off electricity, gas and water.
  • Only use telephones in an emergency.
  • Avoid driving unless for emergency.
  • Stay calm and help others if possible.

For further information contact your local State Emergency Services office

Information provided by Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) Link to External Site