After an Earthquake


  • Check for injuries and provide first aid if necessary.
  • Do a safety check: check for gas, water, downed power lines and shortages. Turn off appropriate utilities, if you shut off the main gas valve do not turn it back on yourself. Wait for the gas company to check for leaks and make repairs.
  • Turn on the radio and listen for instructions on safety or recovery actions.
  • Use the telephone for emergencies only.
  • When safe follow your family emergency plan.
  • Be cautious when opening cabinets.
  • Stay away from damaged areas.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • If you are able to, log onto the United States Geological Survey (USGS) site and fill out a “Did you feel it?” form.