During the earthquake
- Stay calm and stay where you are.
Assist disabled or injured persons to find and stay in sheltered areas.
Remain in your sheltered area until the shaking stops, then evacuate the buildings if necessary (e.g., if there is power loss or serious damage).
- If you are indoors, stay indoors. Take shelter under a desk or table or along an inner wall. Move away from windows, out-side walls, glass walls, or outside doors—these are danger areas.
- If you are outdoors, stay outdoors. Move away from overhead electrical wires, poles, or anything that may shake loose or fall.
After the earthquake
- Be prepared for aftershocks, which may be as strong as the initial quake.
- Evacuate the buildings if instructed to do so. After the “all clear,” be very careful when re-entering any buildings.
- Do not use any open flames until advised that there are no gas leaks.
- Stay away from fallen or damaged electrical wires.
- If there is a fire or serious injury, follow the steps given in those sections.