Do You Know What To Do When An Earthquake Strikes?

Do You Know What To Do If An Earthquake Strikes_

Washington State is in earthquake country. After the recent big earthquake in Alaska, here are some important reminders about ways to be prepared if an earthquake strikes. Make sure you know what to do depending on your location.

  1. Indoors

    Drop onto your hands and knees, Cover your head and neck, and Hold on under something sturdy until shaking stops. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Do not go outside during shaking! One of the most dangerous places to be is near an exterior wall of a building.

  2. In A Classroom

    Drop, Cover, and Hold on. Keep in mind that laboratories and other settings may require special safety considerations.

  3. In A Wheelchair/With A Walker

    Lock your wheels, Cover your head and neck, and hold on until the shaking stops.

  4. In a High-rise

    Drop, Cover, and Hold on. Once the shaking stops, if you evacuate the building, use stairs instead of elevators.

  5. In A Store

    Drop away from shelves, Cover next to a shopping cart or beneath clothing racks if possible, and Hold on.

  6. Near A Shoreline

    As soon as shaking reduces such that you are able to stand, walk quickly to high ground or inland.

  7. Driving

    Pull over, stop, and set the parking brake — avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until shaking stops.

  8. Outdoors

    Move to a clear area if you can safely do so (away from buildings, power lines, trees, signs, vehicles, and other hazards), then Drop, Cover, and Hold on.

  9. In Bed

    Lie face down, Cover your head and neck with a pillow, and hold on with both hands.

Source  – Emergency Management Division of Washington

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