Ways to Survive An animated preparedness video by Bellevue Office of Emergency Management
U.S. Geological Survey Quiz to test your knowledge & preparation!
Check for Hazards in the Home
- Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt
- Make sure shelves are secure and designed with latching doors or raised edges to prevent objects from falling
- Top-heavy furniture and equipment must be bolted to walls or floor. (Physical Plant can assist with these measures)
- Store breakables and heavy objects on lower shelves. Overhead lights, heavy artwork, and mirrors need to be anchored (by Physical Plant)
- Store flammable liquids in flammable liquids storage cabinets
Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors
- Under sturdy furniture such as a heavy desk or table
- Against an inside wall
- Away from glass that could shatter or heavy bookcases or furniture that could fall over
Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
- Establish an Out-of-Area Contact
Have Disaster Supplies on Hand
- Emergency Supply List Ready.gov
- 72-hour Comfort Kits Washington State Emergency Management
- Build a Kit: Home, Car, Pet Make it Through
- Family Disaster Supplies Kit Seattle Emergency Management
- Who Depends on You? Resources for children and pet preparedness
Preparedness and Mitigation Resources
- Home Preparedness - Getting Ready
- How To… Preparedness Videos
- WorkSafe Technologies
- Business Hazard Hunt
If you are INDOORS:
- Stay indoors!
- DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table, bench or desk and HOLD on. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch down into a ball next to an interrior wall.* Move away from windows that may break and furniture or large objects that could fall over.
- Be aware that the electricity may go out and fire alarms and sprinkler systems may activate.
- If you are in BED stay there! Hold on and put a pillow over your head for protection.
- If you are in a THEATER OR STADIUM, stay in your seat or get under it if possible, and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over.
- If you are in a CROWDED ROOM OR PUBLIC PLACE, do not rush for exits. Move away from display shelves holding objects that could fall on you and “drop, cover and hold.”
- DO NOT use elevators.
If you are OUTDOORS:
- Stay outdoors!
- Move to an open area away from trees, buildings, utility poles and lines, or signs.
- If you are in a DOWNTOWN AREA, on a sidewalk near a tall building, get inside the building’s lobby to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass or other debris.
- Greatest danger exists directly outside buildings at exits and alongside exterior walls.
If you are DRIVING:
- Pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible, but keep away from overhead hazards such as trees, buildings, utility poles and lines, signs, and bridges. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
- Check yourself and those around you for injuries.
- Only after the shaking stops, evacuate cautiously, taking your keys, wallet, purse, coat, and any emergency supplies.
- On your way out, look for signs of building damage or for persons who are injured or trapped. Watch for falling objects as you leave the building.
- Be prepared for aftershocks.
- Go to your department Evacuation Assembly Point, tell your supervisor or department floor warden that you are out of the building and report injured or trapped persons and any signs of building damage you observed.
- Turn on a battery-powered or vehicle radio if available for information.
- If possible, do not use the phone for local calls, except emergencies, during the first 15-30 minutes after the earthquake. Overloading the phone system with calls may delay the delivery of emergency assistance.
Building Occupants and Evacuation Directors
- UW Seattle Building Emergency and Evacuation Procedures is a step-by-step checklist that provides basic information for building evaluation and staff/student guidance
What to Do During an Earthquake (Quiz)
“What to Do During an Earthquake — Take a fun and informative 10 question mini-quiz on what to do — and not to do — during and immediately after an earthquake. Test your knowledge and see how seismically-smart you really are.”
Do you know how to make your home a safe space during an earthquake? Take this quiz and find out. But hurry… earthquakes can happen at any time, so act now to Beat the Quake! The more you do before the earthquake shakes your space, the less damage you will have and the more points you will earn.
The Triple Threat of Washington Faults
Earthquakes 101 by National Geographic
- Seattle Fault
- Shallow Earthquakes
- Simulation of tsunami from a Seattle Fault Earthquake
- Potential tsunami inundation in Tacoma
- Simulation of the Alaskan Way Viaduct
- National Geography: Seattle Fault
- Deep Earthquakes
- Nisqually Earthquake February 28, 2001: A look back
- Nisqually Earthquake 10th Anniversary Summary
- Cascadia Subduction Zone
- YouTube Video about Cascadia
- National Geographic Special: Countdown to Catastrophe Megaquake in Japan Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Watch a 4-minute Discovery News Story on the Cascadia Earthquake Threat
- MegaQuake: Is the United States Next? Discovery Channel
- Cascadia Subduction Zone - Ocean Shores Inundation
- Cascadia Subduction Zone - Long Beach Inundation
- UW Seismologist William Steele explains the Cascadia Earthquake Model
- Cascadia Subduction Zone - Overview
- Reconstruction of Cascadia Earthquake
Other Viedos about Earthquake Hazards in Seattle
- Seattle Channel Earthqaukes - Are We Ready
- What if? KOMO News Problem Solvers story about our earthquake risks and how to get prepared.
- Examples of Liquifaction Japan
Information about Tsunami
Earthquake Awareness & Personal Preparedness PowerPoint
Northwest Earthquake Threats and Preparedness Video
- Make it Through - What to Do to Make it Through
- Affirmation of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in an Earthquake
- Your department Health and Safety/Emergency Plan available from your supervisor.
- Environmental Health and Safety website
- Washington State Emergency Management website
- King County Emergency Management
- City of Seattle Emergency Management
- American Red Cross
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Department of Homeland Security
- The Truth about the “Triangle-of-Life” Theory
- Protect Yourself During an Earthquake…Drop, Cover and Hold On!
- Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW)
- Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
- USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
- National Seismic Hazard Map
- New Madrid Fault Zone
- Common Myths About Earthquakes
- Earthquake Structure Testing
- Earthquake Home Retrofit Contractors
- Vendor list for products and services
- Protect Your Property or Business from Disaster