During an Earthquake
Stay indoors! The greatest danger is directly outside buildings due to falling debris.
After an Earthquake
- Get under heavy furniture such as a desk, table or bench. Crouch down and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. This is the best protection. Remember: Drop, Cover and Hold!
- Stay away from large windows, mirrors and other glass.
- If you are in a high-rise building, stay away from outside walls. Get under a table. Do not use elevators.
- If you are already outside, get into an open area away from buildings, power lines, trees, overpasses and bridges.
Expect aftershocks. After shocks are often smaller quakes and
sometimes larger ones that follow the first earthquake. They can often
follow hours or days after the first shake, causing more damage to
weakened buildings and structures.
Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a hissing or blowing
noise, open a window and leave the building immediately. Turn off the
gas at the outside main valve, if possible, and call the gas company.
Turn on your battery-powered radio for instructions from your local officials and news reports from your local media.
Check your building's foundation, roof and chimneys for cracks and damage.
For more, go to the Ready Virginia website and click on Stay Informed.