University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Earthquake Plan
Hazard Hunt
Disaster Kits
During An Earthquake
After An Earthquake

Home Safe Home!

Secure possessions in your home to prevent injury and damage

  • Secure anything heavy enough to injure you if it falls.

  • Secure anything fragile and/or valuable enough to be a significant loss if it falls.

  • Danger spots: Unsecured, tall furniture, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, and fireplaces.

  • Know the location of the water, gas, and electricity and how to operate the shut-off valve.

Areas of concern:

  • Tabletop objects: Televisions, stereo systems, art objects, glassware & vases, computers, monitors, and speakers. In your kitchen– unlatched cupboards, microwave ovens, and gas appliances.

  • Objects from above: Hanging lights, ceiling fans, picture frames, hanging mirrors, hanging plants, and on top of bookcases.

  • Glass: Sliding glass doors and windows.

  • Tall furniture: Tall bookcases, file cabinets, armoires, and china cabinets.

  • Water heaters, wood stoves, and propane tanks.

For recommendations, suggestions and a full list of home hazards, please visit:


Photos From Northridge Earthquake January 17, 1994




University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Applied Geophysics Center
4505 Maryland Parkway, SEB 3261
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015
Phone: 702-895-2636
Fax: 702-895-3936


The recommendations, suggestions, descriptions, and illustrations provided on this website are intended to improve earthquake preparedness; however, they do not guarantee the safety of an individual, structure, or facility. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Earthquakes in Southern Nevada Project, and the Principal Investigators do not assume liability for any injury, death, property damage, loss of revenue, or any other reason that occurs in connection with an earthquake or otherwise.