Being prepared for earthquakes is important. Find out about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

Before an earthquake

Getting ready before an earthquake strikes will help you survive. Find out how to prepare.

During an earthquake

  • Act quickly—DROP to the ground, get under COVER and HOLD until the shaking stops.
  • If there is no cover, crouch on your knees on the floor away from windows, put your arms over your head and neck to protect them.
  • If you cannot get to the floor, cover your head and neck as best you can.
  • Lock your wheels if you are in a wheelchair.

After an earthquake

  • Stay inside, gather everyone in one place until it is safe to exit.
  • If you are in a multi-storey building, check the stairs before making your way to lower floors.
  • If you are unable to go down the stairs due to an impairment, find a safe spot near the stairwell and alert someone that you need help.
  • If you are in the stairwells, use emergency door release buttons to exit.
  • If your building is unsafe, evacuate. Take your belongings, beware of falling debris and make your way to a large open space.