Get ready for a major quake. What to do before — and during — a big one

The devastation Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought is a reminder that exceptional natural disasters can strike — and has heightened anxiety about the risk of earthquake risks in California.

Some anxiety is good — just enough to prepare for an earthquake. Here are tips to get you started.

1. Work on your home.

♦ Go to a hardware store and find the tools you need to strap bookshelves to the wall, televisions to their stands and microwaves on countertops. People have died in past earthquakes after microwaves and televisions struck them.

Parents with toddlers often do the same thing to prevent a TV stand from toppling over a mischievous child climbing furniture.

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