UCLA Campus    |   UCLA Health    |   School of Medicine Translate:
UCLA Health It Begins With U

Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness


If you are indoors: Duck, cover and hold

  • Duck, Cover, and Hold;
  • Do NOT stand in doorways or run outside;
  • If you cannot get under a table or desk, stand next to an interior wall or inside corner of the building, drop and cover your neck and head with your arms. Use a doorway for shelter ONLY if it is in close proximity to you AND if you know it is a strongly supported, load bearing doorway;
  • If you are cooking, turn the stove off before you drop and cover;
  • If you are in bed, stay in bed and cover your head with your pillow.

If you are outdoors:

  • Stay there!
  • Move away from buildings, power lines, and utility poles;
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
  • If you are on the coast, move to higher ground immediately.

If you are driving: 

  • Do not stop in or under overpasses, bridges, or tunnels;
  • Do not stop under or near electrical power lines, light posts, trees, or signs;
  • Pull to the side of the road and set the emergency brake;
  • Stay in your car until the earthquake is over.

If you are trapped under debris: 

  • Do NOT light a match;
  • Do not move around or kick up dust;
  • Cover your mouth with a piece of clothing or cloth;
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust;
  • Stay calm.

Related Content