An earthquake can happen at any time. Do you know the proper thing to do based on where you are?
If you are indoors during an earthquake:
- DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
- Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
If you are outdoors during an earthquake
- Stay there.
- Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
- Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls.
If you are in a moving vehicle during an earthquake
- Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
- Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.
Finally, if your home or property is damaged in any way, make sure to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible so that you can receive any assistance that you may need. If you are unsure about your insurance coverage in the case of an earthquake, please look at our Earthquake Insurance or call us today!
Information provided by: https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/quakesafe/what-to-do-in-an-earthquake