San Francisco Skyline from Diamond Heights
Photo of collapsed column

What to Do

During an earthquake

  1. Duck under a table or big sturdy piece of furniture with your back to the window. 
  2. Cover your head and neck with your arms.                                                   
  3. Hold on until the shaking stops.

Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, eheavy mirrors, hanging plants, and other heavy objects that could fall.  Watch out for falling plaster and ceiling tiles.  Stay undercover until the shaking stops, and hold onto your cover.  If it moves, move with it.  Do not stand in a door way inside of a building because the door may close on you.

Tips for specific locations. If you’re:

Building Collapse

Stay away from broken windows, heavy lights, and furniture that may move.

Exit only if you are in danger.

What to Do After an Earthquake

Check Utilities

Warning – If you smell gas, do NOT turn on or off any Power switches.  Do not use ANY open flame candles, matches, lighters to check for leaks.
Gas shut off diagram

Turn Off Water

Check Electricity

Electrocution can result from direct contact with live wires or anything that has been energized by these wires.

  1. Locate your main electric switch, which is normally in the garage or outdoors. The panel box may have a flip switch or pull handle on a large circuit breaker.
  2. Shut off electricity when:
    • Arcing or burning occurs in electrical devices.
    • There is a fire or significant water leak.
    • You smell burning insulation.
    • The area around switches or plugs is blackened and/ or hot to the touch.
    • A complete power loss is accompanied by the smell of burning material.

Electrical Panel

What to Do During a Fire

When using a fire extinguisher, think PASS                        

Fire Precautions

What to Do During a Power Outage

What to Do If Someone Is Injured

Do not move the victim unless there is immediate danger.

If 911 does not respond due to the extent of the disaster, perform First Aid as needed.  If the person can be moved, drive them to the nearest medical clinic or hospital that may be open.  If the person cannot be moved, contact the Diamond Heights NERT Staging Area at Diamond Heights Christopher Park, Duncan and Diamond, or the Glen Park NERT Staging Area at Elk and Chenery, to alert the lead person that a person needs immediate assistance.


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