Be prepared for aftershocks.
Listen to the radio or television for information from authorities.
Follow their instructions. Place telephone receivers back in their
cradles; only make calls if requiring emergency services.
Put on sturdy shoes and protective clothing to help prevent
injury from debris, especially broken glass.
Check your home for structural damage and other hazards.
If you suspect your home is unsafe, do not re-enter.
If you have to leave your home, take your emergency kit
and other essential items with you. Post a message in clear
view, indicating where you can be found. Do not waste food
or water as supplies may be interrupted.
Do not light matches or turn on light switches before
confirming that there are no gas leaks or flammable liquids
spilled. Use a flashlight to check the utilities and do
not shut them off unless damaged. Leaking gas will smell.
If tap water is still available immediately after the
earthquake, fill a bathtub and other containers in case
the supply gets cut off. If there is no running water,
remember that you may have water available in a hot water
tank and toilet reservoir .
Do not flush toilets if you suspect sewer lines are broken.
Carefully clean up any spilled hazardous materials. Wear
proper hand and eye protection.
Check on your neighbours after looking after members
of your own household. Organize rescue measures if people
are trapped or call for emergency assistance if you cannot
safely help them.
If you have pets, try to find and comfort them. If you
have to evacuate, please take them to a pre-identified
Place a HELP sign in your window if you need assistance.