Stay Safe During

If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away:

  • If you are in a car, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake.
  • If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings.
  • If you are inside, stay and do not run outside and avoid doorways.

Protect Yourself During Earthquakes

  • Drop (or Lock)
    Wherever you are, drop down to your hands and knees and hold onto something sturdy. If you’re using a wheelchair or walker with a seat, make sure your wheels are locked and remain seated until the shaking stops.
  • Cover
    Cover your head and neck with your arms. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris. Stay on your knees or bent over to protect vital organs.
  • Hold On
    If you are under a table or desk, hold on with one hand and be ready to move with it if it moves. If seated and unable to drop to the floor, bend forward, cover your head with your arms and hold on to your neck with both hands.

When You're in Bed (Earthquake Safety Video)

Let's practice what to do when you are in bed during shaking. 

Earthquakes can happen anytime, anywhere. But when they occur while you are asleep they can be especially startling. Never get out of bed during shaking. Some of the most common injuries following an earthquake are tripping on items that have moved or cutting your feet on broken glass or other objects. Before the next earthquake, keep a pair of shoes and a flashlight in a bag tied to your bed, so that the bag does not move during shaking, making it easy for you to access it when the shaking is over. The bag will also prevent broken glass or other objects from getting into your shoes. If you are in a bed and feel shaking, turn onto your stomach. Protect your head and neck with a pillow.Be sure to place your hands on the part of the pillow that covers your head and neck. Close your eyes and mouth to protect against dust and debris.

After the shaking is over, wait a moment and check all around, and above you before getting up or leaving your bed. Carefully reach for the bag you tied to your bed that contains shoes and a flashlight. Remove the flashlight first, and turn it on. Then, put on your shoes.

If you feel that it is necessary to evacuate quickly from where you are, then do so with caution. Be sure to take your grab-and-go kit.

If you do not evacuate, improve safety by caring for those who are injured, identifying and resolving chemical spills, gas leaks, electrical problems, or other hazards, and being prepared for aftershocks, GetxGo Team suggestions you to visit to practice earthquake safety with millions of people worldwide and to see videos showing what to do in a variety of situations. 

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