When an Earthquake Strikes:

DROP DROP down to the floor.

COVER — Take COVER under a sturdy piece of furniture.  If that is not possible, seek COVER against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.  Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, or tall furniture.

HOLD If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it.  HOLD the position until the ground stops shaking, and it is safe to move.


Tips to Protect Yourself During An Earthquake:

- If you’re in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING, and you are not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms.  Do not use the elevators.

- If you’re OUTDOORS, move to a clear area, away from trees, signs, buildings or downed electrical wires and poles.

- If you’re on a SIDEWALK NEAR BUILDINGS, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris.

- If you’re DRIVING, pull over to the side of the road and stop.  Avoid overpasses, power lines and other hazards.  Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.

- If you’re in a CROWDED STORE, do not rush for exits.   Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.

- If you’re in a WHEELCHAIR, stay in it.  Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.

- If you’re in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator, stove and overhead cupboards.

- If you’re in a STADIUM or THEATER, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms.  Do not try to leave until the shaking is over.  Then leave in a calm, orderly manner.

Be prepared for
AFTERSHOCKS, and plan where you will take cover when they occur.  Aftershocks can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.  Be prepared to Drop, Cover and Hold again.

 Before an Earthquake

 After an Earthquake

Click on the links above for what to do before and after an earthquake.  There are things that you can do now to be more prepared and more likely to survive.


If you feel an earthquake, go to the USGS site to report what you felt! This helps the scientists in studying and understanding the earthquakes better. There is no good prediction of earthquakes, so we have a long way to go to understand how, why, and when they happen. You can help with that.  Go to: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/


It has the “Feel it” Shake Map from the earthquake in OK on Saturday, September 3, 2016.  Every dot indicates someone that reported what they felt where they were.