Even in a severe earthquake, there is much you can do to prevent or minimize injuries or damage to property.

During an earthquake

If you are inside:

  1. Stay calm.
  2. Drop and cover.
  3. Avoid falling objects.
  4. Crawl under a table or desk, or stand in a doorway.
  5. Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases and electrical equipment.

If you are outside:

  1. Move to an open area away from buildings, trees and power lines.
  2. Drop and cover.
  3. If forced to stand near a building, avoid falling objects.

If you in an automobile:

  1. Stop your vehicle in the nearest open area.
  2. Stay in your vehicle until the shaking stops.

After an earthquake

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Be prepared for aftershocks. Open doors carefully. Avoid falling objects.
  3. Be guided by emergency personnel. If evacuation is ordered, proceed to the nearest clear exit.
  4. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in obvious immediate danger (of fire, building collapse, etc.).
  5. Do not use elevators.
  6. Do not use matches or lighters.
  7. Provide emergency response personnel information about anyone who may need assistance.