No matter where you are, know how to protect yourself
and your family during an earthquake. Practice taking
cover as if there were an earthquake and learn the
safest places in your home and work. Practice getting
out of your home and check to see if the planned exits
are clear and if they can become blocked in an
earthquake. Practice turning off your electricity and
water. Know how to turn off the gas, but do not
practice this step. In the event of an earthquake, once
you turn off your gas, only your utility company should
turn it back on for safety reasons.
- When in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING, move against
an interior wall if you are not near a desk or
table. Protect your head and neck with your
arms. Do not use the elevators.
- When OUTDOORS, move to a clear area away
from trees, signs, buildings, or downed
electrical wires and poles.
- When on a SIDEWALK NEAR BUILDINGS, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris.
- When DRIVING, pull over to the side of the
road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power
lines. Stay inside your vehicle until the
- When in a CROWDED STORE OR OTHER PUBLIC
PLACE, move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall. Do not rush for the exit.
- When in a STADIUM OR THEATER, stay in your seat, get below the level of the back of the seat and cover your head and neck with your arms.