Natural disaster

Fear at the time of a disaster may breed panic, which often causes more injuries than the disaster itself.  Staying calm is critical to prevent panic.


  1. Shelter in place at the first rumblings of an earthquake.

  2. Identify safe areas such as doorways, under sturdy furniture, and against bare walls.

  3. Move to a safe area immediately.

  4. Stay away from windows and anywhere that hanging or stored objects can fall.


  1. Evacuate to a specified shelter area if time allows. Shelter in place immediately if the tornado is a sudden event!
  2. Go to lower level areas, preferably in an interior room or hallway where there are no windows.
  3. Use heavy furniture for shelter if possible.
  4. Always follow the directions of emergency personnel.