Building Collapses & Explosions
Building collapses or explosions can result from structural damage, a gas leak, or sabotage.
Know What to Do
- Get out as quickly as possible.
- If you can't get out of the building, get under a sturdy table or desk.
If you are trapped by debris:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth or clothing.
- Move around as little as possible to avoid kicking up dust, which may be harmful to inhale.
- If possible, use a flashlight so you can see your surroundings and to signal your location to rescuers.
- Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if you have one. Shout only as a last resort as shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
If you clean up debris:
- Wear gloves and sturdy shoes.
- Sort debris by type (e.g., wood, appliances, etc.).
- Do not touch debris that has utility wires in it.
- Do not move debris that is too large or too heavy. Ask for help from neighbors, friends, and recovery workers.
If there is a fire: