Inside a building:
Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a desk if available
- Cover your head and neck with your arms and hold on until the shaking stops.
- Stay away from windows, hanging objects or tall furniture that can topple over or fall off the wall.
- Expect fire alarm and sprinkler systems to activate.
- Stay where you are until the shaking stops.
- Move to a clear area away from trees, poles and buildings.
- Drop to your knees and get into a fetal position, close your eyes and cross your arms over the back of your neck for protection.
- Stay in this position until the shaking stops.
If in a moving vehicle pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible
- Keep away from overhead hazards such as buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
- Stay in the vehicle.
After shaking stops:
- Evacuate the building, taking your keys, wallet, purse and emergency supplies.
- Watch for people who are injured, trapped or need assistance. Provide assistance where possible. Do not move seriously injured persons and notify response workers to their location.
- Do not re-enter any building until declared safe by emergency authorities.
- Be prepared for aftershocks.
- Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.