University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Earthquake Plan
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During An Earthquake
After An Earthquake

What To Do During An Earthquake

If you are...




  • Get under a sturdy desk or table.

  • Cover your head and eyes.

  • Hold on to the desk or table.

  • If you are not near a desk or a table: Drop to the floor against an intertior wall away from any windows or bookcases and protect your head and neck with your arms.

  • If you happen to be in the kitchen turn off the stove at the first sign of shaking and quickly take cover away from the stove, refrigerator, and cabinets with heavy objects.


  • Get into the open away from power lines, trees, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.

In a crowded public place
(i.e. stadium, school, theater, casino):

  • Do not rush for the doorway.

  • Move away from display shelves and other heavy objects that may fall.

  • Crouch on the floor, protect your head and neck with your arms.

Driving in a car:

  • Pull over to the side of the road, stop the car, set the brake, and stay inside the car.

  • Avoid parking under bridges, overpasses, power lines, and other hazards.

In a highrise building:

  • Stay in the building on the same floor and get under a desk or table.

  • Avoid windows, elevators, outside walls and other hazards.



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.