Earthquake Safety

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What should you do during an earthquake?

DROP - COVER - HOLD ON

Stay calm and expect an earthquake to last for a few seconds up to a few minutes.

Drop
Drop down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.

Cover
Cover your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall(or next to low-lying furniture that will not fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.

Hold On
Hold on to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter -if the shaking shifts it around.

When driving, stop safely as soon as possible. Stay in the vehicle until shaking stops. Do not stop vehicles under overpasses or on bridges.


What should you do after an earthquake?
  • Check for injuries and render first aid.
  • Avoid other hazards (fire, chemical spills, etc.).
  • Check utilities (gas, water, electricity). If safe, shut utilities off at the source.
  • Turn on a battery-powered radio and listen for public information broadcasts from emergency officials. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.
  • Check food and water supplies.
  • Do not use matches, candles or lighters inside.
  • Do not use vehicles unless there is a life-threatening emergency.

For more information: Earthquake Awareness & Preparedness Guide