by Nikitas Vidalis


In this leaflet you will learn how to prepare for an earthquake. You will also learn what to do during and after an earthquake

Before an earthquake occurs...

  • Fasten shelves securely to walls, and place heavy objects on lower shelves.

  • Store breakable items in low, closed cabinets.

  • Hang items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds and anywhere people sit.

  • Brace hanging light fixtures.

  • Repair known defective electrical wiring and gas connections.

  • Have disaster supplies on hand (flashlight and extra batteries, battery operated radio, fist aid kit with manual, emergency food and drinking water, non electric can opener, cash, sturdy shoes).

What to Do During an Earthquake

  • If you're indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table).

  • Stay away from windows and outside doors.

  • If you're outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall.

  • Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you).

  • Don't use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don't mix.

  • If you're in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.

  • Don't use elevators (they'll probably get stuck anyway).

During an earthquake (outdoors)...

  • Move into the open, away from buildings, street lights, and overhead utility wires. Stay there until the shaking stops.

During an earthquake (indoors)...

  • Take cover beneath a sturdy piece of furniture or against an indoor wall away from glass that might break.

  • Stay inside! The most dangerous thing you can do during an earthquake is to try to leave.

During an earthquake (in a moving vehicle)...

  • Try to find a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, and overhead wires.

  • Stop quickly and stay in the vehicle.

  • Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Bridges and ramps may have been damaged during the shaking.