But if the big one does happen, I want to be prepared for it. I found the following information from the San Jose Mercury News. It was an info sheet provided by the Red Cross.
If there is any shaking my first instinct would be to run out of the house. But the info sheet says it is not the best thing to do. :-(
What to do when the shaking begins
Choose a safe place in every room — under a sturdy table or desk or against an inside wall where nothing can fall on you. Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place.
DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON. Drop under a desk or table, hold on and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm.
If there is no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or furniture that could fall on you.
Be prepared for the next one
Teach children to drop, cover and hold on. Practice at least twice a year. Choose an out-of-town family contact.
Consult a professional to find out additional ways you can protect your home, such as bolting the house to its foundation and other structural mitigation techniques.
Take a first aid class from the Santa Clara Valley Red Cross. You can register online at www.scv-redcross.org or at your local Red Cross chapter's Website.
Get training on how to use a fire extinguisher from your local fire department.
Inform babysitters and caregivers of your plan.