Earthquakes and community education

Ask your community to adopt and enforce up-to-date building codes. Building codes are the public’s first line of defence against earthquakes. National building codes are available to communities and regions. These codes identify construction techniques for buildings that help them withstand earthquakes without collapsing and killing people. Codes are updated regularly to make use of information learned from recent damaging earthquakes, so adopting and enforcing up-to-date codes is essential.

If your area is at risk from earthquakes, ask your local newspaper or radio or
television station to:

  • do a series on locating hazards in homes, workplaces, day care centres,
    schools, etc
  • provide tips on how to conduct earthquake drills
  • run interviews with representatives of the gas, electricity, and water companies about how individuals should prepare for an earthquake.

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