During an Earthquake


“Drop, Cover and Hold On” - Drop down, take cover under a sturdy desk, table or bench, or against an inside wall and hold on.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls.
  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that are not secure and could fall.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit.


  • Stay outdoors, do not go inside.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and utility lines.


  • Listen to and become familiar with your public transportation emergency plans.
  • When shaking stops, follow driver or operator’s safety instructions.


  • Stop as quickly as safety permits: keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses and utility lines.
  • Proceed cautiously after the earthquake has stopped, watching for road and bridge damage.
  • Do not attempt to drive across bridges or overpasses that have been damaged.
  • Listen to your car radio for instructions from emergency officials and local media.
  • Do not get out of your car if downed power lines are across it. Wait to be rescued.