Proper Behavior During an Earthquake

How do you know an earthquake is occurring?
During an earthquake you will feel the floor shaking under your feet, windows will rattle, objects and furniture will start to move strangely, lamps will sway on the ceiling, and the tremors will make it difficult to move regularly.
The first few seconds are critical. Keep calm and react quickly.

During an earthquake, open areas are safest, otherwise:
If you are in a building:
1. Try to get out of the building quickly, go out into the open.
2. If you cannot leave the building, go into the security room and leave the door open.
3. If there is no security room, go to the stairwell and, if possible take the stairs to the exit of the building.
4. If you cannot get to the stairwell, take shelter under heavy furniture, or sit on the floor next to an inner wall.

If you are outside at the time of the earthquake: 
Stay outside in open spaces, and stay away from buildings, bridges, and power poles.

If you are in your car:
Turn off the engine and stay in the vehicle. Do not stop near bridges and interchanges.

If you are at the beach:
An earthquake may cause a tsunami, so leave the beach immediately.
Sudden and forceful retreat of the water is a sign of an approaching tsunami.
Get as far away from the beach as you can. 
If you cannot leave the beach area, go up to at least the 4th floor of a nearby building.

After an earthquake, do not enter a damaged building and do not go back to the beach.

Additional instructions:
On your way to the security room, stay away from the exterior walls of the house, windows and shelves.
Do not use the elevator during or after the quake - you may get stuck.
Do not stand in the doorframe.
Do not enter an underground shelter.
If you are in a wheelchair - lock it and protect your head (after you have reached a safe place).
If possible, disconnect the power and gas switches.
 

For more details, visit the Home Front Command website.