Drop, Cover, and Hold On


Plan | Strengthen Your Home | Take Emergency Action | Take Emergency Action • Earthquakes

Reduce injury and death during earthquakes by learning how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.

If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.

If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows).

Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.

HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts.

No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.



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