If you are inside when an earthquake starts, drop, cover, and hold on. Move as little as possible. Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.

If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.

Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, be careful of possible aftershocks, power outages, and debris or other damage.

If you are outside when the shaking starts, find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops.

If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses, and power lines, if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then drive carefully avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged. If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.

Listen to a portable radio or navigate your cell phone browser to Use landlines for emergencies only.