During an Earthquake – Safety
Drop, Cover &
Hold: If you feel an earthquake or aftershock, “drop, cover and
hold” until the shaking stops. That means moving a few steps to a nearby safe
place. Drop to the ground, cover your head to protect yourself from falling
objects, and hold still.
The best protection during an earthquake is to
get under heavy furniture such as a sturdy desk, table or bench, or against an
The greatest danger exists directly outside
buildings, at door exits and along exterior walls. Stay away from windows. Avoid
danger zones where glass or heavy things can fall on you.
Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re
sure it’s safe to exit.
If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away
from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a
clear spot. Stay in your car until the shaking stops. Watch for road damage once
you drive again.
If you get trapped in an area because of
earthquake damage, use a flashlight if you have one – don’t use matches or
lighters in case of gas leaks. Cover your mouth with a piece of clothing. Tap on
a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear you. Shout as a last resort.
Before an Earthquake – Preparation Tips:
Do a hazard
hunt: Walk through your home or office and identify and secure
or relocate shaking hazards. Secure shelves and water heaters to walls. Don’t
hang heavy objects on walls over beds, sofas or chairs where you sit. Place
large, heavy objects on lower shelves. Place valuable objects in secure
Prepare an emergency supply kit
for your home and your car:
Include a flashlight, first aid kit,
water, non-perishable food and a blanket. More information
Create an emergency
plan: Choose a primary and secondary meeting place for you and
your family members in case you can’t access your home or neighborhood.
Designate an out-of-state contact for family members to call if you get
separated. It’s often easer to call out of state than within an affected area.