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Protect Yourself During

An Earthquake

What To Do During An Earthquake

If Inside:

  • Stay inside. Panicking and running outside actually puts you at a greater risk of injury. Try to stay clear of hazards like windows, hanging fixtures, shelves, or anything likely to come loose and collapse.

  • Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Drop and take cover under something like a sturdy table or desk. Hold on for at least 60 seconds after the shaking has stopped. If a table or desk is not available, get down and cover your face and head with your arms against an interior wall.



  • If you’re in bed, and there is no desk or table immediately next to you, stay there, and protect your head with a pillow.



  • Do not find shelter in a doorway, as doorframes in most homes are lightly constructed and can easily collapse.



  • Do not stay in the kitchen. Unless you’re able to drop under a table, get out of the kitchen as it can be the most dangerous room in your home.



  • If you’re in an elevator, hit the button for every floor and get out as soon as you can.

If Outside:


  • Get to an open area.  Move away from tall objects that may collapse, including buildings, trees, utility wires, and streetlights. Once in the open, stay there until at least 60 seconds after the shaking stops.


If in a moving vehicle


  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and pull over to a safe place where you are not blocking the road. Remember roads need to be kept clear for rescue and emergency vehicles. Remain inside the car until at least 60 seconds after the shaking has stopped, and then proceed cautiously. Avoid downed power lines - stay at least 10 metres away to avoid injury. ​​​​​​​


If trapped under debris

  • Cover your mouth with a piece of clothing.


  • Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is on you. Shout only as a last resort, as shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

Get Emergency Ready

Keep your emergency kit close at hand.

Having a solid emergency kit is one of the most important parts of emergency preparedness. In case you’re on your own for 72 hours or more, an emergency kit is essential to your short-term survival – whether you’re forced to evacuate your neighbourhood, shelter-in-place, or camp out in your yard.

It’s advised that you have more than one EP kit – ideally two at home, one at work, and one in your car for when you’re on the go. If you have a pet, they will also need one too.

Train in CPR


When an emergency happens, unfortunately, there are injuries. To be Emergency Ready for your family and friends, you need to be trained to provide medical support. Train yourself in first aid and CPR to be able to administer first aid in an emergency. Having supplies is not enough, you must know how to use them to save a life.


Download Emergency Ready Plan & Checklist


Maintain your emergency plan, kit supplies and first aid skills to ensure you are prepared any emergency. Download our Emergency Ready Plan & Checklist template today. 


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