During an Earthquake
If you are indoors
Remember that virtually all injuries and deaths during an earthquake are caused by falling or collapsing objects including furniture, walls, ceilings and so on. As such it is important to as quickly as possible relocate to a place where such objects cannot fall on you.
When an earthquake begins drop to the ground and take cover beneath a sturdy piece of furniture, within a door frame, or in the corner of a room. Steer clear of windows,glass, lighting fixtures, top-heavy furniture and other items likely to fall. Keep your face and head covered with your arms.
Remember also that initial shaking often is a foreshock leading to a much larger earthquake, so once you find a safe location remain still until you are certain the danger has passed. Statistics indicate that many injuries occur when residents try to make their way outside too soon and more shaking occurs.
As soon as the shaking ends it is important to make your way outside. Earthquakes often cause ruptures in gas and water lines, making homes extremely dangerous and susceptible to fire and electrical shock (exposed wiring touching water). Once outside stay clear of walls and power lines.
If you are outdoors
The greatest dangers are posed by exterior walls, streetlights, utility lines and other objects susceptible to falling. Relocate to an open space and remain there until the shaking has stopped. Do not reenter any buildings until you are absolutely certain it is safe.
If you are inside your vehicle bring it to a stop and remain inside until the shaking stops.