Prepare for an Earthquake:
According to the American Red Cross–
- If you are inside, stay inside. Most injuries occur from glass, brick and other materials falling from the
outside of buildings.
- DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON during the shaking.
- If a table or desk is not available to get under for safety, crouch next to a wall without bookcases or windows and cover your head and neck. Bookcases and windows are hazardous since bookcases may tip over and windows may shatter.
- If you cannot drop to the floor, stay where you are and cover your head.
- If you are in a wheelchair, lock the brake and cover your head.
- If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head with your pillow
What to do After a Disaster:
- Do not light any matches, candles, or turn on electrical switches
- Use flashlights to check for damage such as gas leaks, fires, or chemical spills
- Do not return home until officials give you the OK
- Stay away from flooded roads and downed power lines
- Check in on your family members and loved ones
- Monitor local broadcasts for information on disaster relief assistance