Last weekend’s earthquakes made much of Southern California realize, once again, that it’s time to get ready for the Big One.
According to seismologist and earthquake safety expert, Lucy Jones, “It could be several months before you have water. There’s no way you store several months of supplies – so I’ve settled on a message which is however much water you’re storing – get some more.”
As you’ve likely been instructed, drop, take cover and hang on until the shaking stops. However, what if you’re in the car? Or in bed?
Below are ways to stay safe in the places you don’t expect to be when an earthquake strikes.
In the car
Be sure to have an earthquake kit inside your vehicle. But, if you’re driving during an earthquake, pull over and stay there until it’s safe to proceed.
On a train or bus
Stay calm, stay where you are and wait for instructions. Here’s more info from Metro.
Unless you’re under a big heavy light fixture or near other large items that could fall on you, don’t move. Stay in bed. Use pillows for protection until it’s safe to move.
In the shower
If you can grab a towel to cover yourself, do. Then drop, cover and hold. Use the towel to protect your body from falling debris.
On the beach
If you’re on the beach, you’re likely in an open space away from falling debris. However, you can learn more about what to do if there’s a tsunami warning here.
On a hike
If you’re in a mountainous area, watch out for falling debris and rocks.
At a restaurant
Get under the table, and hold steady until the shaking stops.
At the movies
Stay in your seat, stay calm. Cover your head and neck for protection and wait until it’s safe to leave.
At a Dodger game
If you’re in a stadium stay in your seat, protect your head and neck with your arms. Remain calm and wait until it’s safe before you leave.
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