Earthquake Quick Tips

October 17, 2013 10:17 a.m.

Earthquake Preparedness Quick Tips

As part of the Great SouthEast ShakeOut safety campaign today October 17, we are sharing these tips with the GW community to raise awareness of how to respond during an earthquake:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

You can’t tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will suddenly become intense…so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then, if possible, move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not move to another location or outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. You are more likely to be injured if you try to move around during strong shaking.

Visit and refer to the GW Emergency Response Handbook for additional safety tips.