When it comes to disaster planning, have you considered how prepared you are for an earthquake? If not, now is the time to start.

The animated video “When The Earth Shakes” explains that completing simple tasks, like securing wall and light fixtures, packing emergency kits and downloading FEMA and local alert apps, can make a huge difference if disaster strikes. You can download FEMA’s mobile app by visiting

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Don’t wait for an earthquake to strike to begin prepping for its disastrous effects. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

FEMA also has PDF guides available for download on its website for preparing for disasters, including one called “How to Prepare for an Earthquake.”

And just because September is National Preparedness Month, doesn’t mean the prepping should stop at the month’s end. Millions will be participating in the world’s largest earthquake drill on Oct. 15, which is hosted by ShakeOut. Everyone can participate in the drill, which will begin at 10:15 a.m.

For information on how to get involved in the preparation efforts, visit and to register for the drill, visit

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