Earthquake safety

Any part of Australia could experience an earthquake. To reduce your vulnerability, Emergency Management Australia recommends the following precautionary steps:

  • Check that your insurance covers earthquake damage.
  • If you currently building your home, seek expert advice on the depth and type of foundations and construction to suit your soil conditions.
  • Check and repair cracks in walls or gaps in mortar between bricks in existing buildings.
  • Have an emergency kit which includes: a portable radio and torch with fresh batteries; containers of fresh water, canned food supplies; and a first aid kit and instruction manual.
  • Have an evacuation plan for you and your family.
  • Know the safest areas during earthquakes. Shelter under a door frame, table, bench, etc.
  • List emergency phone numbers for police, fire, ambulance and gas, etc.
  • If indoors, don't leave the house and keep clear of windows, chimneys and overhead fittings. If leaving the home, do not use elevators/lifts.
  • Keep well clear of buildings, overhead structures, walls, bridges, power lines, trees etc.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines; damaged roads, and landslides.
  • Listen to your car radio for warnings before moving.
  • Turn off electricity, gas, and water. Do not light matches and check for gas or fuel leaks and damaged wiring.
  • Check for broken water, sewerage or electrical mains.
  • Expect aftershocks. Evacuate if the building is damaged.
  • Do not go sightseeing or enter damaged buildings. Don't panic and help others if possible.

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This information is general in nature and is intended only as a guide.