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Prepare, Protect, and Recover
GET PREPARED:
 
Identify hazards and begin to fix them, look around your home and workplace to identify objects that might fall or shift during shaking.  Potential hazards can be found in kitchens, garages and utility rooms, objects on shelves and tabletops, hanging objects, wood stoves, water heaters, furniture, water and gas pipes, above ground propane tanks, and home and office electronics.
 
Create a plan.  Do you, your family, or co-workers know what to do if a strong earthquake hits?  Creating a plan to be safe during an earthquake and how you will respond after.
 
Read Living on Shaky Ground for more information on creating your plan.
 
Prepare disaster supply kits.  Keep your kit where it is easily reached even if your building is damaged.  A list of suggested items for your kit can be found here.

DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:
 
If you are indoors, drop and take cover under a sturdy table or other furniture. Hold on to it and stay put until the shaking stops.
 
Stay clear of items that can fall and injure you, such as windows, fireplaces, and heavy furniture.
 
Stay inside. You may be injured by breaking glass and falling objects if you run outside.
 
If you are at the coast, walk to higher ground away from the ocean as soon as it is safe for you to move.
 
If you are driving, move your car as far out of the normal traffic pattern as possible and stop if it is safe. Stay away from structures or objects that could fall on you, such as bridges, overpasses, light posts, power lines, or trees. Stay inside your car.
 
If you are in the mountains, or near unstable slopes, be alert for falling rocks, trees, or landslides that could be loosened by the earthquake.
 
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AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE:
 
Evacuate if necessary, check for injuries and damage   If you are in a tsunami hazard zone, immediately WALK to higher ground or inland away from coast .  Check for injuries and damage. 
 
Follow your plan.   If you evacuated coastal areas—stay away until officials permit you to return. Be in communication—use your radio for information . Expect aftershocks—some may be large enough to do additional damage.  Once you have met your and your family’s immediate needs, continue to follow the plan you prepared in advance.

Resources:
General Information on Earthquakes
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries

Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup Household and Business Protection Information

Mitigation and Partner Resources Partners for Disaster Resistance: 
US Geological Survey Oregon Earthquake History

National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program
 
University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences