Steps to Take - Drop, Cover
When you feel an earthquake, DROP under a desk or sturdy table.
Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, heavy mirrors,
hanging plants, and other objects that could fall. Watch out for
falling plaster or ceiling tiles. Stay under COVER until the shaking
stops. HOLD onto the desk or table If it moves, move with it.
Here are some additional tips for specific locations:
- If you're in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING and not near a desk or table,
move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your
arms. Face away from windows. Do not use the elevators. Do not
be surprised if alarm or sprinkler systems come on.
- If you're OUTDOORS, move to a clear area, away from trees,
signs, buildings, or downed electrical wires and poles.
- If you're on a SIDEWALK NEAR BUILDINGS, get into a building's
doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster,
and other debris.
- If you're DRIVING, slowly pull over to the side of the road
and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay
inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
- If you are in a CROWDED STORE OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACE, do not
rush for exits. Move away from display shelves with objects that
could fall on you.
- If you're in a WHEELCHAIR, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible,
lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.
- If you're in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator,
stove, and overhead cupboards. (Take time NOW to anchor appliances
and install security latches on cupboard doors to reduce hazards.)
- If you're in a STADIUM OR THEATER, stay in your seat or get
under it if possible, and protect your head with your arms. Do
not try to leave until the shaking is over. Then leave in a calm,
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE, BE PREPARED FOR AFTERSHOCKS, AND PLAN
Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management