Earthquake Checklist

  • Become aware of fire evacuation and earthquake plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.
  • A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
  • If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Hang pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
  • Move as little as possible.
  • If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
  • Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible.
  • Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
  • Wait for assistance.
  • Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
  • Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides or even a tsunami. Tsunamis are often generated by earthquakes.
  • Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
  • Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.