Earthquakes can occur without any warning or notice. Make sure you know the proper steps to stay safe during and after an earthquake.
When You Feel an Earthquake
Remember three simple steps: DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON!
- Move quickly to the closest safe place - under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a desk or stout table. Research has shown that most injuries in U.S. earthquakes occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
- If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
- Stay away from windows.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit. In a high-rise building, expect fire alarms and sprinklers will activate during a quake.
- If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
- If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place (as described above). Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
- Do not use elevators!
Myth: Don't be fooled! Do not stand in the doorway!
"HEAD FOR THE DOORWAY."
An enduring earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the doorframe as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. True- if you live in an old, unreinforced adobe house. In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house. You are safer under a table.
- Curtesy of the Earthquake Country Alliance.
After the Shaking Stops
- Check yourself for injuries. Check others for injuries and give first aid for serious injuries.
- Look for, and extinguish, small fires and eliminate any obvious fire hazards.
- Turn off your electricity if you have obvious damage to wiring and fixtures. If you smell gas, or think your gas pipes are leaking, turn off the gas. (Remember, only a professional should turn it back on.)
- Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
- Listen to the radio or television for emergency information and instructions.
- Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON!
- Inspect your home for damage. If it appears your home could collapse, then get everyone out as soon as possible.
- Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies. Telephone service may be disrupted by the earthquake
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