After the Quake
- Check for injuries. Implement Medical Emergency procedures. If items can be moved by hand, help people who are trapped.
- Use phone only to report serious injury, fire, or gas leak. If phone is not operating, go to the Police Services Center or the Emergency Operations Center (if identified).
- If natural gas is leaking, extinguish all sources of ignition, and do not turn on or off any electrical switches in the area.
- Attempt to block off damaged areas until help can arrive.
- Do not touch downed power lines or damaged building equipment.
- Implement Chemical Spill procedure, if necessary.
- If your building is damaged, evacuate and attempt to secure building against re-entry.
- If you have a radio or cellular phone (and batteries and chargers), take with you.
- Turn on a battery-powered radio for damage information.
- Keep streets clear for emergency vehicles. Do not drive a vehicle unless there is an emergency.
- Be prepared for aftershocks (usually smaller than the main quake, but may cause additional damage to weakened structures).