What to do during an earthquake
- Practicing and reading about what
you should do during an earthquake will help you remain
calm, be better prepared to protect yourself
and help others. Do not panic. Earthquakes
are quite survivable if you know what to do.
- Identify safe spots in each room
in your home or workplace.
- Reinforce this knowledge by
physically placing yourself in a safe
- Teach your children to
protect themselves. You will have the knowledge
that they are safe at home or at school. They
will have the knowledge that you are safe.
- Wherever you
are when the earthquake starts, take cover
immediately and stay there until the shaking
- Wherever you are, expect the
ground or floor to move violently. Expect the
power to go off. Expect that there will be
a lot of dust and debris falling. Expect
aftershocks - they may occur for some time after
the initial quake.
- Take cover. If you can't
take cover, sit down in a crouched position and
protect your head and face from falling debris
and splintering glass. Remain in a protected place until
the shaking stops.
If you are outdoors during an
- Stay there. Try to move to a safe spot
away from windows, buildings, overhead
wires or telephone poles.
If you are in a vehicle
If you are in a
crowded public place
- Try to pull over to a safe place.
- Try not to block the road.
- Park away from bridges, overpasses and
- Stay in the vehicle.
- If you are inside, don't run outside
where you may be hit by falling
- Try to take cover where you won't get
- Sidewalks next to tall buildings are
- In shopping centers, try to take cover in
the nearest store.
- Keep away from windows, skylights, and
display shelves laden with heavy
objects. If on a bus, stay in your seat until the bus stops.
If you are indoors during an
- Stay there. Don't run
- Take cover under a heavy
table, desk or any solid furniture and
- If in a hallway, crouch
down against an inside wall.
- Avoid doorways. Doors may
- Protect your head and
- Move away from windows,
glass partitions, mirrors, fireplaces,
bookcases, tall furniture, light
If at school:
in a wheelchair
- Get under a desk or table
and hold on.
- Face away from
- Lock the wheel. Protect neck
If in a hotel:
- Keep shoes under the bed.
- Identify safest place to take shelter.
- Read safety material provided in your room.
- Note the emergency exits
on your floor.
- Do not use elevators. If
you're in an elevator during an
earthquake, hit the button for every
floor and get out as soon as you