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The Official ShakeOut Guidelines During An Earthquake

The Official ShakeOut Guidelines During An Earthquake

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The official ShakeOut guidelines for what to do during an earthquake can be modified for those with mobility issues, including Lock, Cover, and Hold On instead of Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

  • Before an earthquake happens, identify safe areas in your home to protect yourself from earthquakes.

  • DROP onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to nearby cover.

  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand or hold a sturdy object over your head and neck for protection.

    • Try to crawl away from windows.

    • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl under it.

    • Stay on your knees and bend over to protect vital organs.

    • Keep your eyes shut to protect them from dust and debris.

  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

    • Be ready to evacuate when the shaking stops.

 

People with mobility concerns should practice these alternatives:

  • LOCK your wheelchair, walker, or other mobility assistance device.

    • Try to move away from windows or close to an interior wall first if possible.

  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and hands or hold a sturdy object over your head and neck for protection.

    • If you can’t fully lift your arms to cover your head, do the best you can to cover as much as you can.

    • Bend over to protect your vital organs.

    • Keep your eyes shut to protect them from dust and debris.

  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

    • Be ready to evacuate when the shaking stops.

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