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 stops.
If you are indoors: "DROP, COVER, HOLD ON"
Drop under heavy furniture such as a table, desk,
bed or any solid furniture.
Cover your head and torso to prevent being hit by
Hold onto the object that you are under so
that you remain covered.
If you can't get under something strong, or if
you are in a hallway, flatten yourself or crouch against an interior wall.
If you are in a shopping mall, go into the
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.
Go to an open area away from buildings.
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
Place a HELP sign in your window if you
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 falling debris.