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THIS IS AN EARTHQUAKE… PROTECT YOURSELF!!!. How to Protect Yourself. DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!) Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table

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This is an earthquake protect yourself


How to protect yourself

How to Protect Yourself

DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)

Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table

HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

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How to Protect Yourself

  • If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On: If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.

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How to Protect Yourself

  • If Outside: Move to a clear area away from trees, poles and buildings

  • If Driving: Pull over to the side of the road, avoiding overpasses, trees and electrical wires; set the parking brake

  • If In Bed: Stay in your bed, protecting your head with a pillow

After the ground stops shaking
AFTER the Ground Stops Shaking

Take action quickly the moment the ground stops shaking

  • Put on shoes to protect your feet

  • Use a flashlight if needed to look around and find your


  • Evacuate the building – be alert to hazards (broken

    glass, debris, leaking gas, falling objects, electrical

    wires/downed power lines, unstable structures, fires)

  • Turn off utilities if directed or there is damage

  • Let family and friends know you are OK – help others

  • Stay informed, visit for additional information

Take steps before an earthquake
Take Steps BEFORE an Earthquake

  • Build an Emergency Supply Kit

  • Create a Communication Plan

  • Be informed of different hazards

  • Know where to get information and how you will be notified in an emergency

  • Learn how to shut off utilities at home (gas, water, electricity)

  • Get involved by participating in drills (The Great ShakeOut), taking classes and learning skills like CPR and first aid

  • Download a disaster app to your smartphone (Red Cross Earthquake App)

  • Conduct a Home/Office Hazard Hunt

Home office hazard hunt
Home/Office Hazard Hunt

Identify and secure with straps, fasteners and/or adhesives

  • Cabinet doors

  • Objects on open shelves/tabletops (collectibles,

    lamps, etc.) that could become projectiles

  • Hanging objects (mirrors, pictures) – Don’t hang

    over beds

  • Electronics (televisions, computers)

  • Furniture (bookcases, file cabinets) – move away from beds, couches and doors

  • Hot water heater, refrigerators, microwaves and other items costly to replace

  • Items stored in garages/utility rooms – especially hazardous and flammable materials

Links to resources
Links to Resources

  • BC Emergency Management:

  • Weston Observatory:

  • Great ShakeOut:

  • American Red Cross:

  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: