Safe spots:

Under heavy furniture like a study table or desk, under interior door frames, or braced in an interior corner away from shelves and windows.

Danger spots:

Windows, glass, mirrors and mirrored closet doors, hanging objects, tall unsecured furniture.

During the Quake:

  1. Keep calm. Do not run or panic!
  2. Remain where you are indoors, outdoors, or in a car.
  3. Immediately get under a desk or table, brace yourself in a doorway or brace yourself in a corner away from windows, mirrors and glass. Tell others in the area to take cover if they have not already done so.
  4. Wait a few moments after the shaking stops before leaving your cover.
  5. If you are outside, move away from the sides of the buildings, power poles, lamp posts, and walls.


After the Quake:

  1. Take time to think! Do not run outside. Wait until you are sure all motion has stopped.
  2. Do not light a match or turn on a light switch. There may be leaking gas or electrical shorts. At night, use a flashlight. Unplug or turn off all appliances.
  3. Wear shoes for protection from debris or broken glass. Open doors and cupboards with caution as objects may fall out.
  4. Check immediate area for injured persons and go to their first aid. Think about other people who are missing or may be trapped and try to find them.
  5. Check for fires, spills, or other hazards. Do not touch power lines, wiring, or objects in contact with them. Do not be surprised if alarms sound.
  6. Evacuate if there is immediate danger.
  7. Report serious injuries or hazards to Marietta College Police.
  8. Be prepared for unpredictable aftershocks, which cause significant additional damage.
  9. Don't go sightseeing to see what other damage has been done in other parts of the community.
  10. Listen to the radio for accurate information about the earthquake and what to do.
  11. Leave telephone lines open for disaster services.
  12. Use extreme caution in entering or moving about damaged buildings.