• Look around the places where you spend time (dorm, classroom, or office) and identify safe places, such as under a sturdy piece of furniture, should an earthquake occur.
  • Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit.
  • Plan how you will communicate with friends and family members during an emergency. E-mail, text and social media may be best as phone networks may become overloaded.
  • Identify a meeting point in an open space and at least two routes to get there.
  • Secure items that could fall and cause injuries (e.g. bookshelves, mirrors, light fixtures).


  • Remember to stay calm!
  • If you are indoors:
    • Do not run outdoors! Stay where you are, Drop, Cover and Hold On!
    • If you cannot get under a sturdy piece of furniture, get near a corner of a room away from windows and objects that could fall on you.
  • If you are outdoors:
    • Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and utility wires and then Drop, Cover, and Hold On!


  • When the shaking stops, look around. If there is a clear path to safety, leave the building and go to your meeting place in an open space away from the damaged areas.
  • When exiting the building, move along walls, including when walking down stairs, as these areas are sturdier. Do not use elevators!
  • Once outside, stay away from buildings and head towards your designated meeting area.
  • Do not use lighters or open flame tools, as there could be a gas leak in the area.
  • If you become trapped during the earthquake, do not move about or kick up dust. If possible, use your cell phone to call or text for help. If not tap on a pipe, wall, or whistle so that rescuers can locate you.