earthquakes are not a high risk in this area, they are possible here.
If you are inside a building and feel it shaking or swaying:
- Duck or drop to the
- Cover yourself under a
piece of heavy furniture or a stairwell, or in a doorway (beware of the
door swinging back and forth). If that is not possible, position yourself
against an interior wall, protecting your head and neck with your arms.
Keep away from appliances, large windows and heavy hanging objects.
- Hold on securely and
stay in your protected position until the shaking stops.
- Evacuate the building as
soon as the shaking stops.
If you are outdoors when you
- Move to a clear area
away from trees, signs, buildings and electrical wires and poles.
- If you cannot get to an
open area, take shelter in a doorway to protect yourself from falling
If you are driving when you
- Stop at the side of the
road, away from hazards such as overpasses and power lines and poles. Stay
inside the vehicle until the shaking stops.
- Resume driving
cautiously if it seems safe. Avoid bridges and ramps that may have been
After the shaking has
- Remain calm
- Anticipate aftershocks,
and plan where you will take cover from them.
- Check for injuries, and
give first aid as necessary.
- Avoid broken glass.
- Check for fire(s). Take
appropriate actions and precautions.
- Check gas, water and
electric lines. If they appear damaged, or if you smell gas, open windows
and leave the building immediately and contact Facilities Service at 919-530-6392.
- Replace all telephone
receivers, and use phones only to report emergency situations.
- Tune to an
emergency-broadcast radio or television station for bulletins.
- Stay out of damaged