This is a reminder that emergencies can strike anywhere and without warning. In addition to having an emergency kit to sustain yourself and your family members for at least 72 hours, here are a few tips on what to do during and after an earthquake:
- If indoors, drop to the ground; take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and hold on until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
- If outdoors, move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
- Follow the direction of local officials when making the decision to return home. Return home only when local authorities have said it’s safe.
Visit FEMA -Ready.gov for more information on earthquakes and earthquake preparedness.