Everyone should know what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
The majority of injuries and fatalities from earthquakes occur from falling debris, glass and collapsing structures.
During an earthquake, remove anyone from immediate danger if it is safe to do so.
If you are inside
- Stay inside
- Don't use the lift or stairs
- Take only a few steps and take shelter under desks, or down beside an internal wall
- If in a theatre or lecture hall, stay in your seats protecting your head and neck. Do not rush for the exits
- Stay clear of large areas with glass atriums or glass roofs
- Keep away from windows or objects that could fall on you
- Stay outside
- Take only a few steps and take shelter clear of buildings, trees, power lines or other potential hazards.
- If driving, pull over and stop
When the earthquake stops
- Check for signs of fire, hazardous material spill or major structural damage.
- If you see sparks, broken wires or evidence of electrical system damage, turn off the electricity at the main fuse if it is safe to do so.
- Account for all staff, students and visitors if possible. Treat any minor injuries.
- Do not evacuate unless area is immediately threatened or instructed to do so. Do not use lifts - use stairwells.
- Await instructions.
Remember: Expect aftershocks