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Earthquake

Introduction
While earthquakes are rare in New York City, they have happened in the past and may happen in the future.

If you are inside and feel shaking or swaying:

  • Take cover under a piece of heavy furniture (desk), in a stairwell, or in a doorway. As a last resort, stand against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with arms.
  • Stay away from appliances, windows and heavy hanging objects.
  • Do not evacuate until the shaking stops, stay in your protected position.
  • Follow procedures from emergency personnel.

If you are outside and feel shaking or swaying:

  • If possible, move to a clear area away from buildings, signs and electrical wires.
  • If there is not a clear area very close, find cover from falling debris in a doorway.

After the earthquake:

  • Be prepared for aftershocks and plan where to take cover.
  • Check for injuries and give / receive first aid as necessary.
  • Check for fires and if present follow fire emergency procedures.
  • Contact Security immediately if you smell gas or see damaged electrical wires.
  • Use phones only to report emergency situations. Replace all telephone receivers.
  • Evacuate damaged buildings following your building-specific fire safety procedures.
  • Get updates on emergency conditions from a broadcast radio, TV, www.cornellemergency.org, WCMC Emergency Hotline, etc.

Contact Information

Environmental Health and Safety 402 E. 67th Street,
Room LA-0020
New York, NY 10065 Phone: (646) 962-7233 Fax: (646) 962-0288