It’s important to prepare before an earthquake:

       Make sure to practice the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" technique.

·      Create an emergency plan in case you get separated from your family during an earthquake. Stock up on essential items such as food and water, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle.

·      Ensure the safety of your home by securing heavy items such as bookcases, refrigerators, water heaters, televisions, and wall hangings. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves to prevent them from falling during an earthquake.

       It’s also important to stay safe during an earthquake:

·      If you are in a car, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake.

·      If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.

·      If you are outside during an earthquake, stay outdoors and move away from buildings.

·      During an earthquake, it's recommended to stay inside and not run outside. Avoid doorways, as they do not provide significant protection.

       It’s also important to stay safe after an earthquake:

·      Expect aftershocks to follow the main shock of an earthquake. Be ready to Drop, Cover, and Hold On if you feel an aftershock.

·      If you are in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building. Do not enter damaged buildings.

·      If you are trapped, send a text or bang on a pipe or wall. Cover your mouth with your shirt for protection and instead of shouting, use a whistle.