If Indoors

  • Take cover under a piece of heavy furniture or against an inside wall and hold on.
  • Stay inside.
  • The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking of an earthquake is to try to leave the building because objects can fall on you.

If Outdoors

  • Move into the open, away from buildings, street lights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.

If In a Moving Vehicle

  • Stop quickly and stay in the vehicle.
  • Move to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, or utility wires.
  • Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.

Important Message on Earthquake Safety

Emails purporting the Triangle of Life or any other means of earthquake survival other than Duck, Cover, and Hold are not proven methods of any standing according to the Office of Emergency Services. Please note that in the State of California the Duck, Cover, and Hold earthquake survival procedures stand. (Posted August 2005)