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General Disaster Preparedness


Every year, geologic disasters around the globe cause millions of dollars of damage and take hundreds of lives. By reading more about specific hazards in your area (see additional Geological Survey of Alabama geological hazards pages in the main menu above) and by taking steps to educate yourself on response plans for you, your family, or your business, you can be better prepared for a disaster. For additional information on Alabama emergency preparedness not on this page, please visit the Alabama Emergency Management Agency website.





Disaster Training


Many opportunities exist in your community and on the web for learning more about disaster preparedness and response.


Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium seal.

The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) organizes a number of  earthquake-specific workshops and courses specific to a variety of disciplines and the general public. Click here to see their calendar.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free courses online from for learning more about disaster response, preparedness, and hazards. Click here to visit their site.




FEMA also funds the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training (right). CERT is free to the public and teaches disaster response techniques for earthquakes and other hazards. Click here to investigate CERT, or click here to find CERT classes.






Click on the video above from Lee County, Alabama, to learn more about Community Emergency Response Teams.






Emergency Supply Kit


Following a large earthquake (or other disaster), you may be without electricity, food, and clean water. An emergency supply kit can help you be better prepared. Your home supply kit should be stocked with at least 3 days worth of needed supplies. Click on the movie below for tips from FEMA on assembling an emergency supply kit, or visit FEMA’s preparedness website –


Some items for an emergency supply kit.


Recommended  home kit supplies include, but are not limited to, the items to the right and above. Supplies for the office or vehicle may differ.

-       One gallon of water per person per day

-       Non-perishable food & manual can-opener

-       Flashlight with extra batteries

-       Radio

-       First aid kit

-       Dust mask

-       Sanitation wipes

-       Bug spray

-       Medicine

-       Map of state / city

-       Cell phone and charger

-       Important documents








Earthquake Preparedness


Prepare for an earthquake by taking steps to secure items in your home and business, getting response training, practicing how to respond to an earthquake, and assembling an emergency supply kit. By doing this, you can reduce your risk for damage and harm.



 Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety







1. Identify potential hazards in your home and fix them.
2. Create a disaster-preparedness plan.
3. Prepare disaster supply kit.
4. Identify your building's potential weaknesses and begin to fix them.

House shaking in an earthquake.

Click on the house to play

“Beat the Quake”

to learn and test your knowledge of securing items in your home to reduce risk of damage from an earthquake.













5. Protect yourself during earthquake shaking.






Practice: Earthquake Drill!


February 7, 2012, at 10:15 a.m. is a scheduled earthquake drill called the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut! Visit the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut! page to learn more. To see the drill broadcast that describes what to do during an earthquake, click the video to the right.











6. Check for injuries and damage.
7. When safe, continue to follow your disaster-preparedness plan












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