University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Earthquake Plan
Hazard Hunt
Disaster Kits
During An Earthquake
After An Earthquake

After An Earthquake Occurs

Use telephones only for emergencies.

  • Check yourself and others for injuries and provide First Aid if needed.

  • Be reassuring and helpful to children and others. Check for fires and fire hazards. Put out any fires immediately.

  • Check gas, electric, and water lines. Shut off if damaged. If you smell gas and detect a leak, shut off, open all windows and doors, leave immediately, and report leak to authorities.

  • Do not flush toilets until sewer lines are checked.

  • Open all closet doors and cupboards carefully, because objects will have moved and may fall forwards.

  • Volunteer in your neighborhood and shelters.

  • Use flashlights instead of candles.

If an evacuation is called:

  • Listen to the radio for any emergency instructions.

  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities.

  • Rely only on confirmed information.

  • Do not touch any downed power lines or electric wiring.

  • Wear sturdy shoes.

  • Take your Family Evacuation Kit.

  • Lock your house.

  • Take your pets or make arrangements for them.

  • Stay out of damaged buildings.

  • Post a message where you can be found.



University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Applied Geophysics Center
4505 Maryland Parkway, SEB 3261
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015
Phone: 702-895-2636
Fax: 702-895-3936


The recommendations, suggestions, descriptions, and illustrations provided on this website are intended to improve earthquake preparedness; however, they do not guarantee the safety of an individual, structure, or facility. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Earthquakes in Southern Nevada Project, and the Principal Investigators do not assume liability for any injury, death, property damage, loss of revenue, or any other reason that occurs in connection with an earthquake or otherwise.