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After an Earthquake

  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Listen for instructions from the Department of Public Safety or other first-responders. Pay close attention to information provided via the Emergency Notification System. If you have a battery-operated radio or television, listen for the latest emergency information.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off book shelves or other types of stands or furniture.
  • Stay away from damaged areas, broken windows and downed power lines. Remain at a safe distance away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by 1st responders. Do not return to any building unless the building has been deemed safe by professional personnel.
  • Help injured or trapped persons. Remember to help your neighbors, particularly those with special needs.
  • Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately if you can do so without injuring yourself. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.
  • Remain alert and prepared to act.

Modified from FEMA information

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