Earthquakes – Be Prepared!

Know what to do if an earthquake strikes and be prepared ahead of time. Take part in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, part of America’s PrepareAthon.

In MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you Drop, Cover, and Hold On:

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

  • 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)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Continue to read for further recommended earthquake safety actions.

Prepare in advance!

Steps to Prepare, Survive, and Recover

  • Secure your space
  • Prepare a disaster plan
  • Prepare a communication plan
  • Have a personal and household disaster supply kit
  • Organize important documents in a grab and go bag
  • Prepare for reconnecting and recovery