What to do

The Italian territory is exposed to seismic risk, thus being prepared for an earthquake is fundamental.
Safety depends mainly on the building where you live. If it is an ant-seismic building, it won't be subject to major damages and will protect you. Wherever you are in the moment of an earthquake, it is very important to keep calm and follow some simple rules of behaviour.

With the advice of a technician

Sometimes you might just need to reinforce load-bearing walls or improve connections between walls and floors: to make the right choice, seek the advice of a qualified technician.

On your own, immediately

  • Move heavy furniture away from beds or sofas.
  • Fix to the wall shelves, bookcases and other tall furniture; hang pictures and mirrors with closed hooks, in order to prevent them to come off the wall.
  • Put heavy items on lower shelves; on the higher ones, you can hold objects with double-sided tape.
  • In the kitchen, secure the cupboard flaps where plates and glasses are contained, so that they do not open during the shock.
  • Learn where are and how to close the taps of gas and water and the master switch of the light.
  • Pinpoint safe places in the house, where you can find a shelter in case of an earthquake: doorways, angles of the walls, under the table or under the bed.
  • Keep at home a first aid kit, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio and make sure everyone knows where they are.
  • Get informed if there is a Civil Protection Plan of your Municipality and what it provides for; should it not be available, ask for it, in order to know how to behave in case of emergency.
  • Finally, delete any factor that, in case of an earthquake, can be a danger to you or your family.