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Although there is no advance notice of an earthquake, emergency information will be provided immediately after through radio and TV broadcasts and via Wireless Emergency Alerts texted to cell phones. In addition to commercial radios, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the National Weather Service for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive emergency notifications from your local emergency services.


HCEMA                 NOAA              FEMA              Red Cross


Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of available notifications at: www.ready. gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from Hamilton County, FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about shelters, how to provide first aid, and how to seek assistance for recovery. The U.S. Geological Survey manages the Earthquake Notification Service, which provides free notification emails when earthquakes happen in your area or anywhere in the world. Visit: for more information.

To prevent potential injuries, take the time to secure your space. Secure items that might fall, fly, or slide in an earthquake (see Imagine if the room was picked up and shaken up and down and side to side and then determine what items would be thrown around. Periodically review the locations where you spend time—your home, workplace, or school—to look for potential hazards and secure them.

To protect yourself before an earthquake, take the time now to collect the emergency supplies you would need if the power was out, water supplies were cut off, and grocery stores were not open. You can build your supplies over time by adding a few items as your budget permits. 

America’s PrepareAthon!
How to Prepare for an Earthquake

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Earthquake Safety Checklist

American Red Cross:
27 Things to Help You Survive an Earthquake

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