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Before the Earthquake


Non-structural hazards, such as unsecured bookcases or large hanging plants should be identified and every effort must be made to correct potentially dangerous situations. In some cases, this may not be feasible. For this reason, awareness of the existence of these problems is very important.


It is strongly recommended that all tenants maintain an adequate amount of emergency supplies. This should include:

  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid Supplies
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Gloves
  • Flashlights
  • Dust Masks
  • Goggles
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Hard Hats
  • Sanitary Supplies
  • Blankets
  • Prescription Medication (if required)

During the Earthquake

If you should feel an earthquake, immediately take cover to protect yourself from falling glass and debris. Move away from windows and interior glass. Get underneath a desk, table, or other sturdy object. If this cannot be done, move to an interior wall and sit with your back against it. Lean forward and cover the back of your neck and head to protect yourself. This can also be done in a wheelchair. Do not go to a doorway. The movement of a swinging door could injure you, and you may be in the direct path of others attempting to exit the area. Stay away from elevators and do not run outside as you are usually safer indoors. If you are outside when the earthquake hits, move away from buildings and all other objects that could injure you such as trees or power lines.

After the Earthquake

Once the shaking stops, be prepared for aftershocks. Do not run outside unless it is absolutely necessary. Contrary to what many people think, most buildings are designed to withstand a major earthquake. If you run outside, you dramatically increase your chances of being injured or killed. Once the shaking stops, keep away from windows or objects that could fall during an aftershock. Assist Building personnel with search and rescue or damage assessment. If no one is available, it may be necessary for you to coordinate emergency activities on your floor.

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