It is rarely the ground motion of an earthquake that directly causes injury or death. The real danger comes from falling objects, broken windows, shrapnel, and other hazardous conditions caused by the earthquake.
Remember the earthquake survival strategy “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”
- Get as low to the ground as possible.
- Avoid bookshelves or other objects stored at height.
- Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture and cover the back of your head with one arm, while holding onto the furniture with your other hand.
- Evacuate the building after the earthquake, if it is safe to do so. Make your way to the nearest earthquake assembly point.
For individuals who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs, remember “Lock, Cover, and Hold On.” Lock the wheels of mobility devices, cover the back of your head with both arms, and wait for the earthquake to pass.
Earthquake Survival Outdoors
If you are outside during an earthquake:
- Don't try to rush indoors while the earthquake is in process.
- Try to get into as open a space as possible.
- Drop, cover, and hold on, protecting your head and neck with both arms.
- Wait for the earthquake to stop before trying to move, and be aware of hazards which may have been created by the earthquake (downed power lines, broken gas lines, etc.)
- Make your way to an assembly point and check in with the building guardians.
If you are driving during an earthquake:a re
- Do not try to exit the vehicle.
- Stop driving as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Avoid parking near gas stations or under trees, bridges, overpasses, or power lines.
- Wait for the earthquake to stop before trying to move the vehicle. It may bnot be safe to continue driving. If you can drive, use extreme caution and avoid any areas of the road that appear to be damaged. Avoid bridges and ramps altogether.