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.