When the shaking begins

House damage from Edgecumbe earthquake.

Drop, take cover, and hold on. Move only a short distance to a nearby safe place. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to go outside. Stay away from windows, chimneys, and shelves containing heavy objects.

In bed - hold on and stay there, and protect your head and body with a pillow and blankets.

Outdoors - find a clear spot away from buildings trees and power lines. Drop to the ground.

In a car - slow down and drive to a clear place (as above). Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

In a lift - stop it at the nearest floor and get out.

Do not look for your pets until the shaking stops.