- Drop, Cover and Hold On. Drop to your hands and knees and cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris.
- Don’t run outside; falling debris could cause injury.
- Duck and cover under desks or tables and hold on to furniture. If you’re not near a desk or table, sit with your back against an interior wall; protect your head and neck with your arms.
- Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, heavy objects and glass.
- If you are in a high-rise building, expect fire alarms and sprinklers to go off. Don’t use elevators.
Earthquakes can happen any time without warning. An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of underground rock. Earthquakes can cause fires, tsunamis, and landslides. Here are some tips on what to do if an earthquake strikes.