A major earthquake will cause violent ground shaking and it may be impossible to stand up. Most injuries result from falling or flying objects, but you can also be hurt just by being thrown to the floor. At the first sign of shaking, take cover and protect yourself from falling objects.
When the shaking starts, get to the safest place with the least amount of moving around possible. Many injuries occur when people try to move about their house. This is why it’s so important to know the safest place to be in each room of the house.
After the quake, check for gas or water leaks, broken electrical wiring, or sewage lines. If there is damage, turn the utility off at the source. Turn on your portable radio for emergency instructions and news reports.
Be prepared for aftershocks: we can count on there being some. Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or mobility impaired. If you have to evacuate, leave a message for family members and others letting them know where you can be found. Don’t use your vehicle unless you have to: many roads will be impassable due to falling power lines, trees, and debris.
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