Here is what you should do before, during and after an earthquake to keep yourself safe.
- Store fire extinguisher, battery powered radio, First Aid Kit, flashlight and batteries at home.
- Make and escape plan and get familiar with it.
- Keep heavy objects as low as possible so it doesn’t fall during earthquake.
- Keep calm.
- If you’re indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
- If you’re outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you).
- If you are driving during the earthquake, immediately stop the car and stay inside the car.
- Do not use the elevator, use the stairs.
- Immediately switch off your gas stove in your kitchen.
- Check yourself and others for injuries. Provide first aid for anyone who needs it.
- If you smell it, open all the windows and doors, leave immediately, and report it to the authorities.
- Turn on the radio and listen to the latest news.
- Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
- Follow the instructions of the authorities.