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Earthquake

DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

If you are INSIDE:

  • Know your surroundings, and evacuate only if necessary (e.g. the building has significant structural damage, there is a potential for a chemical spill, fire, or gas leak). 
  • DROP. COVER. HOLD ON. 
  • Stay clear of windows and heavy furniture. 
  • Should you become trapped in a building, DO NOT PANIC. Waive a piece of cloth (e.g. sweater, jacket) out the window to notify rescuers of your location. If there is no window, tap on the wall at regular intervals to alert rescue crews. 
  • Be aware of potential aftershocks and falling debris.

If you are OUTSIDE:

  • Move to an open area, if safe to do so.
  • DROP. COVER.
  • Be aware of potential aftershocks and falling debris.

 

If you are in a vehicle: 

  • Safely pull over, and stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
  • DO NOT leave the vehicle if a power line falls on or near it.



AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

  • DO NOT use electrical equipment, open flames (e.g. matches, lighters) and lighted cigarettes until you are sure there is no gas leak. They may create a spark that could ignite leaking gas. 
  • DO NOT touch downed or damaged power lines or any objects in contact with them. Report this information to the Department Public Safety. 
  • Beware of items tumbling off shelves when you open closet and cabinet doors.