Identify Potential Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards and Begin to Fix Them


Objects on open shelves and tabletops

  • Hold small valuables in place with removable putty, museum wax, or quake gel.
  • Add lips to shelves to prevent costly items from sliding.
  • Move heavy objects and breakables to lower shelves.


  • Install strong latches on cabinet doors.
  • Secure refrigerators and major appliances.

Wood stoves

  • Anchor stove feet by bolting to floor or creating brick and mortar bracing to keep stove from sliding. Note: anchors must not conduct heat.
  • Brace stove pipes.

Hanging objects

  • Place only soft art above beds and sofas.
  • Hang mirrors and pictures on closed hooks.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures.

Home and office electronics

  • Secure televisions, computers, sound systems and other electronics with flexible nylon straps and buckles.


  • Store heavy and breakable items on lower shelves.
  • Secure tall furniture to wall studs with lag bolts.

Water heaters

  • Anchor to wall studs or masonry with metal straps and lag screws.
  • Install flexible (corrugated) copper water connectors.

Garages and utility rooms

  • Move flammable or hazardous material to low cabinets that are securely latched.
  • Ensure that items stored above or beside vehicle cannot fall.

Know your Risk

Start now by determining whether you live, work or play in a tsunami hazard zone and consider adding earthquake and/or flood insurance