Use flashlights do not light matches or turn on electrical switches if you suspect damage.
Check for fires, fire hazards, and other household hazards.
Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater.
If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly. Shut off any other damaged utilities.
Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, and other flammable liquids immediately.
Confine or secure your pets.
Call your family contact and do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons.
Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
Stay away from downed power lines.
Home Hazard Hunt
During a disaster, ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage. Anything that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire is a home hazard. Inspect your home at least once a year and fix potential hazards.