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  • Find out if there‚Äôs been a history of earthquakes in your local area.
  • Put together your All Hazards Emergency Kit, which includes:
    • a battery-operated or wind-up radio;
    • a battery-operated or wind-up torch;
    • spare batteries;
    • a first aid kit;
    • rubber gloves and strong leather or garden gloves;
    • mobile phone and charger;
    • a waterproof bag or container;
    • a good supply of medicines and prescriptions;
    • strong shoes or boots;
    • a copy of your emergency plan;
    • special items for any vulnerable people, such as babies or the disabled; and
    • enough non-perishable food and water for every person (and pets).
Advice before an earthquake


If an earthquake strikes:

  • If indoors, Drop, Cover and Hold. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.
  • If outdoors, move no more than a few steps away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and powerlines, then Drop, Cover and Hold.
  • If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
Advice during an earthquake


  • expect aftershocks;
  • stay calm and help others if possible;
  • monitor the TasALERT website and listen to your local ABC Radio station for the latest information and updates;
  • watch for hazards and check for injuries or damage;
  • turn off electricity, gas and water;
  • only use telephones in an emergency;
  • avoid driving unless for emergency; and
  • If outdoors be aware of damaged trees, downed power lines and weakened structures.

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Advice after an earthquake