Skip to main content




Drop where you are, onto your hands and knees. This protects you from being knocked down and allows you to crawl to nearby shelter.


Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand. Crawl underneath a sturdy desk or table. If there is no shelter, stay next to an interior wall, away from windows.


Hold on until shaking stops. If under shelter, hold on with one hand, move with your shelter if it shifts. If there's no shelter, hold onto your neck and head with both arms and hands.

During an Earthquake

  • Do NOT run outside during the shaking or use the elevators.
  • Move to a safe place.
  • If in a vehicle, pull over and stop.
  • If indoors, get under a sturdy table or desk or crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Do not get in a doorway! Find a table to hide under.
  • Do not run outdoors. Find shelter.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • If outdoors, stay outdoors. Go to an open area away from buildings and power lines.
  • Seek safety where you are.
  • Be prepared for electrical outages, sprinkler systems turning on, or fire alarms sounding.

After an Earthquake

  • Check for injuries.
  • Do not moved seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Do not turn light switches on or off, as they may spark and create a fire hazard.
  • Do not use any type of open flame.
  • Call 911 to report fires, chemical spills, and gas leaks.