If you are indoors, remain indoors. In most situations, you should DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON
Other actions that may reduce your chances of getting hurt:
What should I do if I am outside during an earthquake? +
If you are outdoors, stay there, but move away from buildings, power lines and trees. Do not stand near a building's exterior walls. Once in the open, crouch low, cover your head and stay there until shaking stops. If you are driving, pull to the side of the road and stop. Avoid stopping under overhead hazards (bridges, power lines, large overhead signs). If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
If indoors, what do I do once an earthquake stops? +
Evacuate the building using the stairs. Avoid elevators. Check for dangerous conditions, such as downed power lines, structural damage and broken glass and gas leaks.
What causes most earthquake-related injuries? +
Movement of the ground is seldom the actual cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related injuries result from collapsing walls, falling objects/debris (including glass, ceiling fixtures) or people trying to move more than a few feet during the tremors.
What else should I look out for? +
Fire is a common hazard due to broken gas lines and damaged electrical lines. Do not use matches or candles after an earthquake until you are certain that there are no gas leaks. Beware of aftershocks (smaller earthquakes that follow the main one). Aftershocks can cause further damage to weakened buildings. Aftershocks can occur in the first hours, days, weeks or even months after the original quake.
What environmental hazards may occur after an earthquake? +
How can I prepare for an earthquake? +
Learn how to prepare for an earthquake at cdc.gov
What should I do after an earthquake? +
How Will I Cope? +
Experiencing an earthquake can be very stressful, especially if it is large scale event. It can disrupt your everyday life and make you and those around you feel less safe. You may experience fear and uncertainty. Learning about stress and strategies to manage it can help you cope.
Prepare Today, Cope Better Tomorrow - Stress during Disasters provides basic information and practical advice on dealing with the stress and anxiety caused by disasters. It is available in seven languages.
If there is an earthquake affecting the city and you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope, or if you are concerned about someone else, you can find help by calling (888) NYC-Well (888-692-9355). NYC Well is a free, confidential helpline for New York City residents, available 24/7, with trained staff ready to take your calls and offer advice.
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