During an Earthquake
Drop to the floor. Avoid falling objects or toppling furniture.
Take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture that is not likely to tip over. If that is not possible, seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors and tall furniture.
If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, hold onto it and be prepared to move with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.
Do not run outside.
Do not run to a doorway (doorways are no safer than other areas).
In a hallway, drop near an interior wall away from windows and over the back of your head/neck with your arms.
If driving, pull carefully to the side of the road and stop.
In an auditorium, drop between the seats and protect the back of your head/neck with your arms.
Outdoors, move away from buildings to an open area; avoid power lines.
In bed, stay there, and protect your head with a pillow.
When the shaking stops:
- Check for injuries to people in the area.
- Call for medical assistance, and render first aid if required.
- Check the area for hazards such as building damage, fires or gas leaks. If the building appears to be unsafe, leave the building and report any urgent problem.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio for emergency information.