During an earthquake

  • If indoors, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy table, desk or other piece of furniture, and hold on until the shaking stops
  • If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside cormer of the building
  • Do not use a doorway unless you know it is load bearing, many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall
  • If you are in bed, hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • If outdoors, move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires to avoid falling debris.
  • If driving, stop as quickly as safety permits, avoid stopping under or near buildings, overpasses, and utility wires. Proceed cautiously after the shaking stops, roads, bridges or ramps may have been damaged
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