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.