Role of the Community in Earthquake Preparedness

Communities in seismically active areas need to be adequately prepared for the occurrence of an earthquake. Both individuals and communities should take the necessary steps to work together.


Role of the Community in Earthquake Preparedness

Make sure all residents are properly educated about earthquake preparedness measures, what to do for protection during an earthquake, and actions taken in the hours and days following a seismic event. As earthquakes can strike without warning, proper education and preparedness are absolutely key.

Community Preparedness

Communities can be prepared for earthquakes by ensuring stringent building codes are followed when new construction takes place; retrofitting older structures with reinforcement modifications is another crucial step.

Earthquake Kit

The community should encourage all residents, businesses, and schools to keep earthquake kits on hand with at least three days worth of essential supplies, including first aid, medications, food, toiletries, a battery operated radio and flashlights, extra batteries and other necessary items.

Emergency Response

The community should be appropriately prepared for all forms of rapid emergency response immediately following an earthquake; training programs for emergency personnel should specifically include aspects of dealing with earthquake hazards.


Communities should encourage residents and individuals to remain vigilant for aftershocks following the primary earthquake event, which can all occur without warning.

About the Author

Paul McDaniel began writing in 2007 for various online venues, including eHow, with an emphasis on travel. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in geography from Samford University and the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Alabama. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina.

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