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Earthquake

If you are inside during an earthquake:
  • Take cover under a table or desk. or stand in a doorway 
  • In areas where cover is not available, kneel at the base of an interior wall, facing the wall and with head down and covered by arms
  • Turn your body away from windows and mirrors
  • Be alert for falling objects and stay away from filing cabinets, bookcases, overhead fixtures, and electrical equipment.
If you are outside during and earthquake:
  • Move to an open area away from buildings, trees and power lines
  • If unable to move to an open area, watch for falling objects
If you are in an automobile during an earthquake:
  • Stop your vehicle in the nearest open area
  • Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops
After an earthquake:
  • Be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.
  • If possible and it is safe to do so, evacuate the building as soon as the shaking has ceased.
  • Do not move injured persons unless they are in obvious immediate danger (from fire, building collapse, etc.)
  • Open doors carefully and proceed with caution
  • Watch for falling objects.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not use matches or lighters.
  • Use the telephones for emergency service calls only.