Wherever you are when an earthquake starts, take
cover immediately. Move a few steps to a nearby
safe place if need be. Stay there until the shaking
If you are indoors: “DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON”
Stay inside.Drop under heavy furniture such as a table, desk,
bed or any solid furniture.Cover your head and torso
to prevent being hit by falling objects.
Hold on to the object that you are under so that
you remain covered. Be prepared to move with
the object until the shaking has finished.
If you can't get under something strong, or if
you are in a hallway, flatten yourself or crouch
against an interior wall and protect your head
and neck with your arms.
If you are in a shopping mall, go into the nearest
store. Stay away from windows, and shelves with
If you are at school, get under a desk or table
and hold on. Face away from windows.
If you are in a wheelchair, lock the wheels and
protect the back of your head and neck.
If you are outdoors,stay outside.Go to an open
area away from buildings. The most dangerous
place is near exterior walls.
If you are in a crowded public place, take cover
where you won't be trampled.
If you are in a vehicle,Pull over to a safe place
where you are not blocking the road. Keep roads
clear for rescue and emergency vehicles.Avoid bridges,
overpasses, underpasses, buildings or anything that
could collapse.Stop the car and stay inside.
Listen to your car radio for instructions from
emergency officials.Do not attempt to get out
of your car if downed power lines are across it.
Wait to be rescued.
Place a HELP sign in your window if you need assistance.
If you are on a bus, stay in your seat until the bus stops.
Take cover in a protected place. If you can't take cover,
sit in a crouched position and protect your head from