EarthquakesEarthquakes Are a Reality for Our Area
Drop Cover & Hold
Imagine that you hear a low, rumbling, roaring sound. The noise builds, getting louder and louder, for about ten seconds. Then WHAM! Theres a terrific jolt. You feel like someone suddenly slammed on the brakes in the car, or like a truck just rammed into the side of a building.
The floor seems to be moving beneath you. It's hard to stand up, or even stay in your seat. When you walk, it's like trying to walk on a trampoline or a waterbed. You need to DROP, COVER & HOLD.
The majority of injuries from an earthquake are caused by flying debris. Even if your flight instincts kick in, the best way to protect yourself is to DROP, COVER and HOLD. When the shaking begins drop under a sturdy desk, table or piece of furniture. Hold onto the legs of the furniture and hold this position while counting to 60. This will provide coverage to protect you from flying and falling debris.
If you're in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING and not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms. Face away from the windows. Do not use elevators. Do not be surprised if alarm or sprinkler systems come on.
If you're OUTDOORS, move to a clear area away from trees, signs, buildings or downed electrical wires and poles.
If you're on a SIDEWALK NEAR BUILDINGS, get into a building's doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster, and other debris.
If you're DRIVING, slowly pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
If you're in a CROWDED STORE OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACE, do not rush for exits. Move away from display shelves with objects that could fall on you.
If you're in a WHEELCHAIR, move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels and protect your head with your arms.
If you're in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator, stove and overhead cupboards. (Take time now to anchor appliances and install security latches on cupboard doors to reduce hazards.)
If you're in a STADIUM OR THEATER, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over. Then leave in a calm, orderly manner.
After an earthquake, be prepared for aftershocks. Plan where you will take cover when these occur.