Here is a checklist to make sure you are prepared for an earthquake.

Sunday morning's Napa quake reminds us in the Bay Area that we should all be ready when a big one hits. Here's a guide to the top things you should do to be ready. Read a more detailed list and find out what you should do during and after a quake to keep yourself and your loved ones safe at www.mercurynews.com/california-earthquakes:

Before a quake:

* Have earthquake supplies on hand, including enough food (good options are canned waterpacked meats; high protein breakfast or granola bars; canned or dried fruit; and canned or powdered milk), water (1 gallon per person per day) and paper products for supplies for at least 72 hours; medications you might need and personal hygiene kits; pet food; baby supplies; heavy boots and layers of extra clothing; blankets, sleeping bags; freshly stocked first-aid kit; flashlights; portable radio.

* Move beds away from windows and glass skylights, which could shatter.

* Remove or brace heavy pictures or shelves hanging above beds.

* Secure topheavy furniture, bookcases or china cabinets to studs in walls.

* Place emergency power failure lights in hallways, bathrooms and bedrooms.

* Secure cabinet doors with latches.

* Attach any heavy objects suspended from the ceiling to studs.

* Secure your water heater to the wall with a thick metal strap.

* Consult a structural engineer to make sure that your home is bolted to the foundation and that the structure is properly reinforced.

* Consult with an engineer on the adequacy of your chimney.

* Designate a person outside your area as a message center.


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* Have a family earthquake plan for clarity on who will pick up the kids, who's in charge of pets, and where you'll meet after a quake

* Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.

Sources: The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.