Earthquake Safety Tips

Any part of Australia could experience an earthquake. To reduce your vulnerability, Emergency Management Australia recommends the following precautionary steps:

  • Check that your insurance covers earthquake damage.
  • If you currently building your home, seek expert advice on the depth and type of foundations and construction to suit your soil conditions.
  • Check and repair cracks in walls or gaps in mortar between bricks in existing buildings.
  • Have an emergency kit which includes: a portable radio and torch with fresh batteries; containers of fresh water, canned food supplies; and a first aid kit and instruction manual.
  • Have an evacuation plan for you and your family.
  • Know the safest areas during earthquakes. Shelter under a door frame, table, bench, etc.
  • List emergency phone numbers for police, fire, ambulance and gas, etc.
  • If indoors, don't leave the house and keep clear of windows, chimneys and overhead fittings. If leaving the home, do not use elevators/lifts.
  • Keep well clear of buildings, overhead structures, walls, bridges, power lines, trees etc.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines; damaged roads, and landslides.
  • Listen to your car radio for warnings before moving.
  • Turn off electricity, gas, and water. Do not light matches and check for gas or fuel leaks and damaged wiring.
  • Check for broken water, sewerage or electrical mains.
  • Expect aftershocks. Evacuate if the building is damaged.
  • Do not go sightseeing or enter damaged buildings. Don't panic and help others if possible.


Insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as Suncorp Insurance. Information provided is general advice only and has been prepared without taking into account any person’s particular objectives, financial situation or needs. Please read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making any decision regarding this product. Click here for a copy.