If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away. Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

  • DROP to your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.
  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows).
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts.
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.


What to do After: Be Safe

  • Be prepared for aftershocks- Stay calm and help others.
  • Do not run out of buildings after an earthquake.
  • Follow instructions from floor wardens and evacuate to the designated area when told to.
  • Do not attempt to use the telephone unless there is an immediate, life-threatening emergency.

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