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Earthquake

Though 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 floor.
  • 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 feel shaking:

  • 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 debris.

If you are driving when you feel shaking:

  • 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 structurally damaged.

After the shaking has stopped:

  • 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 buildings.
 
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