- Take cover, preferably under a table, desk or other sturdy piece of furniture.
- Avoid doorways because extreme motion may cause doors to slam causing bodily injury.
- Lower your body to a sitting, kneeling or crouched position near a structurally sound wall, then cover your head and neck.
- Avoid glass, such as windows, furniture, mirrors and pictures.
- Be alert to moving and flying objects.
- Stay indoors, if you are already there.
- Move away from buildings, trees, power lines and poles.
- If there is no safe area in which to protect yourself from falling or flying objects, seek cover.
- Lower your body to the ground and cover head and neck.
In Populated Buildings
- Stay in your seat, lower your body.
- Avoid running to an exit, because it could cause panic and trampling.
In a Vehicle
- Stay in your car, during and after the earthquake.
- Avoid overpasses, bridges and underpasses.
- Turn on the radio, then listen for instructions.
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
- Move slowly and cautiously.
- Evacuate the area with caution.
- Organize available employees and volunteers to locate trapped and injured persons.
- Be prepared for aftershocks – Be aware of your surroundings.
- Check for fires, gas leaks, etc. and turn off the appropriate utility. If water is flowing, turn off the water main.
- Check building for structural damage. If an area looks unstable, restrict entry to it.
- Check cell and telephone availability.
- Do not drive – leave roads open for emergency vehicles.
- Turn on the radio and keep employees and residents informed of news from authorities.
- If evacuation is imminent, leave a written message with your destination.
- Be aware of secondary events, such as aftershocks, fires, further ground movement, etc.