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Earthquake

During the quake

  • Stay where you are, get under a desk or table, or stand in a doorway or the corner of the room. Stay away from windows, light fixtures and suspended objects. Do not seek cover under tables or benches in laboratories. Chemicals could spill and harm you. If possible, extinguish fires, flames or other sources of ignition.
  • If you are outside get into an open area away from buildings, power lines and trees.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop immediately. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking has stopped.
 

After the quake

  • Leave the building quickly via the pre-planned evacuation route.
  • If persons are injured or cannot be accounted for, or if you know someone is still trapped in the building, call 911.
  • Check for injuries, but do not move seriously injured people unless the danger in the area is greater than their injuries. Call 911.
  • Use telephones only to report emergencies (i.e, gas leaks, fire, injuries).
  • ONLY trained individuals should turn off utilities.
  • Never touch downed utility poles or lines. Avoid damaged building equipment.
  • Do not use your vehicle unless there is an emergency. Keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks are usually smaller than the main quake but they may be strong enough to topple already damaged buildings.
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