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There will be no warning. Be prepared for a series of aftershocks.

  1. DROP where you are to your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and reduces your chances of being hit by falling or flying objects.
  2. COVER your head and neck with your arms. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. Steer clear of windows.
  3. HOLD ON if you are under a table, hold onto the table with one hand. If the table moves, move with it.
  4. If you are outside when a quake occurs, move far away from buildings, power lines, and other overhead objects.
  5. Do not leave a safe area. If your area appears stable, chances are you are as safe there as anywhere else.
  6. Falling objects are a major concern in an earthquake. You can lessen this threat now by checking your work area and relocating heavy objects that are 48 inches or more from the floor to a lower level.
  7. If necessary, and if ordered to do so, evacuate your premises. Be very careful of downed electrical lines, falling debris and broken glass. You will be given instructions for evacuation by first responders.

Additional Resources


USGS Prepare for Earthquakes

If You Have a Mobility Disability (Earthquake Safety Video Series)


Created July 5, 2023, Updated September 26, 2023