In the event of an earthquake -- and for SoCal, that's always an event just waiting happen -- the US Geological Survey passes along the following reminders:
Step 1: Secure it now!
Reducing and/or eliminating hazards can greatly reduce your risk of injury. Conduct a "hazard hunt" to help identify and fix things such as unsecured televisions, computers, bookcases, furniture, unstrapped water heaters, etc.
Step 2: Make a plan
Make sure that your emergency plan includes evacuation and reunion plans; your out-of-state contact person's name and number; the location of your emergency supplies and other pertinent information.
Step 3: Make disaster kits
Your disaster supply kit should include food, water, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, extra medications, a whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.
Step 4: Is your place safe?
Some of the things that you might consider checking include inadequate foundations, un-braced cripple walls, soft first stories, un-reinforced masonry and vulnerable pipes.
Step 5: DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!
Taking the proper actions, such as "Drop, Cover, and Hold On", can reduce your risk of death or injury. During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.
Step 6: Check it out!
Make sure you are trained in first aid and in damage assessment techniques. You should be able to administer first aid and to identify hazards such as damaged gas, water, sewage and electrical lines. Be prepared to report damage to city or county government.
Step 7: Communicate and recover
Turn on your portable radio for information and safety advisories. If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process.