Fire and EMS

Earthquake

Emergency Action

  1. Take cover.
  2. Call 911 or use "Emergency Call Box" if emergency assistance is necessary.
  3. Evacuate if alarm sounds or if told to do so by emergency personnel.

Unlike other emergencies, the procedures to deal with an earthquake are much less specific. Since earthquake magnitude cannot be predetermined, everyone must initiate emergency precautions within a few seconds after the initial tremor is felt, assuming the worst possible case.

The best earthquake instruction is to take precaution before the earthquake (e.g., secure or remove objects above you that could fall during an earthquake).

During the Earthquake

  1. Remain calm and act, don't react.
  2. If indoors, seek refuge under a desk or table or in a doorway and hold on. Stay away from windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.
  3. If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, overhead wires, and other structures. CAUTION: Avoid downed power or utility lines as they may be energized. Do not attempt to enter buildings until you are advised to do so by the proper authorities.
  4. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably an open area away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle for the shelter it provides.

After the Initial Shock

  1. Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks are usually less intense than the main quake, but can cause further structural damage.
  2. Protect yourself at all times.
  3. Evaluate the situation and call 911 for emergency assistance, if necessary.
  4. Do not use lanterns, torches, lighted cigarettes or open flames since gas leaks could be present.
  5. Open windows, etc., to ventialte the building. Watch out for broken glass.
  6. If a fire is caused by the earthquake, implement the fire procedures.