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When You Are Inside A Building

When You Are Inside A Building

First things first: if you feel an earthquake, resist the urge to run outside.

Modern buildings are usually designed to withstand large earthquakes, especially in areas where earthquakes happen frequently, but windows can shatter onto the street below, and exterior masonry may fall off as well. This means there’s a greater chance you’ll be hurt if you’re near a building during an earthquake than if you’re in it. Stay put.


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When You Are Outside A Building

Get away from trees and power lines (both of which may topple), as well as buildings (which likely won’t fall but may drop debris on you).

If you can shelter in place, do so.


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If You Are In A Car Or Driving

If You Are In A Car Or Driving

  • Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake.
  • Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs, and other hazards.
  • Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops, then proceed carefully by avoiding fallen debris, cracked or shifted payment, and emergency vehicles.
  • If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.


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Drop, Cover And Hold On

Drop, Cover And Hold On

  • DROP: Wherever you are, drop onto your hands and knees. This position helps keep you from being knocked down and allows you to crawl to shelter.
  • COVER: With one arm and hand, cover your head and neck. If there is a nearby desk or table, crawl under it for shelter. If there’s no shelter, crawl next to an interior wall away from windows.
  • HOLD ON: If you’re under shelter, hold onto it with one hand. If there’s no shelter, hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.


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What NOT To Do In An Earthquake

  • Do not run outside. Do: Shelter in place using Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
  • Do not get in a doorway. Do: Shelter in place under a table. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects.
  • Do not make phone calls. Do: Text. A text will have a better chance of getting through than a phone call, which is more likely to experience network congestion. Too many calls can overload the communications grid, making it harder for first responders to get their calls. Likewise, don’t call 911 unless you’re experiencing a true emergency.


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