If you feel a violent shaking of the ground indicative of a possible earthquake follow these instructions:

Drop, Cover, Hold

  • DROP to the ground.
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk/table or crouching down close to a wall. Remember to cover your head and stay clear of falling objects.
  • HOLD on until the shaking stops. (2 to 5 minutes)
  • If outside stay clear of falling objects.
  • If indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table and hold on, or stand in a corner. Do not go in a doorway. Protect your head, neck, and face.
  • If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
  • Do not attempt to use elevators.
  • If in a crowded place, do not rush for the doors. Move away from windows and shelves containing objects that could fall.
  • After the shaking subsides, turn off computers: unplug electrical equipment: replace telephone handsets: go outdoors and stay clear of buildings, walls, power lines and trees.
  • Call 911 if you or others are injured. Provide the following information:
    • Your name
    • Building name (location)
    • Type of injury or damage
    • Location of injured person or building damage
    • Room number you are calling from