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- During an Earthquake
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During an Earthquake

  1. Be safe, be smart.
  2. Drop, cover, and hold on! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. It is very dangerous to try to leave a building during an earthquake because objects can fall on you.

If You Are Indoors

  1. Stay away from windows, doors (they might swing shut) and heavy appliances.

    WHN TIP: Stay low.

    Crouch down and get into a fetal position, under or near a sturdy object like a desk or bed. Hold onto it - you may have to move with the object!

  2. If you are in bed, hold on and stay there; protect your head with a pillow.
  3. Stay away from windows.
    • In a shaking or weakened structure, windows can shatter with a force that can injure — even if you are standing several feet away, indoors or out.

  • In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake. Check for and extinguish small fires, and, if exiting, use the stairs.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit.
    • After the shaking has stopped, if you go outside, move quickly away from the building to prevent injury from falling debris.
    • In a shaking or weakened structure, windows can shatter with a force that can injure — even if you are standing several feet away, indoors or out.

    If You Are Outdoors

    1. Find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, street lights, and power lines.
      • Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops. Injuries can occur from falling trees, street lights, power lines, or building debris.
    2. Be careful — trees, power lines, poles, street signs, and other overhead items may fall during earthquakes.
    3. If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris that could be loosened by the quake.

    If You Are In a Vehicle

    1. Pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking has stopped. Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution.
    2. Avoid bridges, ramps, buildings and other structures that might have been damaged or weakened by the quake.
    3. Tune into the local radio stations for traffic and media reports.

    Additional Information

    • Earthquake Hazards Program – USGS
      This site offers more about earthquakes in the Northern California regions. Click on General Quake Info or Hazards & Preparedness for more information. The U.S. Geological Survey is a multi-disciplinary science organization dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.

    • Earthquake Safety
      Safety tips from the Alaska Sea Grant College Program. Alaska Sea Grant's extension program offers technical assistance and information to individuals and businesses that enjoy and depend on Alaska's seas and coasts.

    • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Kids
      FEMA offers educational information on earthquakes for kids. The site also has fun games and stories. FEMA prepares the nation for hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts.

    Remember ...

    The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. These tips are from first responders, lawyers, insurance agents and people who have shared real-life advice; always check with a doctor, lawyer or appropriate professional you trust before making any legal or healthcare-related decisions.

    Thank you ...

    A special thank you to the first responders, emergency workers, government officials, lawyers, insurance agents and people who gave us their time, insight and real-life advice. And, thanks to the sites that we have in Links.

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