INDOORS: Drop, Cover and Hold

  • DROP to the floor.  Take COVER under a sturdy desk, table, etc.  HOLD on to the furniture you are under and protect your face/head.
  • Instruct others to DROP, COVER and HOLD.
  • Stay away from glass windows, wall shelves and tall equipment/furniture that might topple over onto you.
  • DO NOT RUN OUTSIDE.  DO NOT EVACUATE THE BUILDING UNTIL THE TREMORS CEASE.  Once the main tremor has ceased, quickly evacuate the building, assisting persons of disability.
  • If you smell GAS, cease all operations and do not activate electrical switches.  Evacuate the building.


  • Quickly move 300 feet away from buildings, utility poles, or other structures.  AVOID power or utility lines.