One of the first actions you can do to prepare your home for an earthquake is to take a look and identify potential hazards. Identifying items that could fall and injure someone is a great start to making your home safer. Once you have done that, you can take actions to minimize those risks.
Good starter activities to prepare your home include:
Strapping down televisions, computers and other expensive or hazardous electronics.
Securing or moving heavy pictures and mirrors located over beds or other furniture.
Bracing water heaters and make sure that gas models have flexible connections.
Knowing how and when to shut off utilities.
For a full list of earthquake damage prevention measures and retrofits ─ including a cut-away diagram of where these potential hazards can be found in your home ─ download the FEMA brochure Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt at https://go.usa.gov/xGgUr.