Earthquake Preparation

Earthquake preparedness tips

When an earthquake strikes your area, for a minute or two the “solid” earth moves like the deck of a ship. What you do during and immediately after the tremor could help reduce damage and loss of life.

During the Shaking
  • If outside, stay outside – if indoors, stay indoors. Most injuries during an earthquake occur when people attempt to enter or exit buildings.
  • Stay indoors and take cover under a sturdy object or in the hallway. Stay away from glass.
  • If the earthquake catches you outside, move away from building or utility wires.
  • Do not run through or near buildings. If you are in a moving car, stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle.
After the Shaking
  • Do not use candles or open flames. Douse all fires.
  • If you see electrical damage, switch off electrical power at the main panel.
  • Visually inspect utility lines, chimneys, and appliances for damage.
  • If you smell gas, open windows and shut off the main valve. Then leave the building and report gas leakage to the authorities.
  • If water pipes are damaged cut off the water supply at the main valve.
  • Turn on your radio to get the latest emergency bulletins.
  • Use the phone only to report a life-threatening emergency.
  • Do not go sight seeing. Aftershocks may occur for several days.

For more information, check out our PSAs related to earthquakes!
After the Earthquake Earthquake Safety