Earthquake Action Manual When Away from Home

If an earthquake occurs when you are outside, you must respond differently, depending on the location. Let's always be prepared for what we need to do when earthquakes happen.

Inside a building
Do not use elevators. Secure an evacuation route (emergency exit).
Take the stairs. Do not use elevators!

Do not use elevators when evacuating.
If you are in an elevator when an earthquake occurs, push every elevator button and get off at the first floor the elevator stops at.
Open doors and windows to secure a way out.
Take the stairs while avoiding flames and smoke.

On the streets
Cover your head with your bag, etc. to protect yourself from falling objects.
Watch out for falling objects and cover your head.

Do not stay where you are. Move to a wide-open space or park.
You can stay inside if the building you are in is quake-resistant.
Cover your head with your bag, etc.
Stay clear of vending machines, outside walls, and fences.

On a train
Hold on to a strap or pole firmly so that you do not fall down.

Hold on to a strap or pole.
Do not dash out of the train on your own.
Follow the instructions of the railway staff.

In the underground
If a fire breaks out, crawl low to the ground to avoid inhaling smoke.
Keep low if a fire breaks out!

Stay close to walls or columns until the shaking stops.
If the power goes out, stay calm and wait for emergency lights to turn on.
Do not rush towards the emergency exits and stairs. Calmly make your exit.
In case of fire, put a wet handkerchief to your mouth. Move along with walls in a bent-over position while keeping one hand to the wall.

In a theater or hall
Do not rush towards emergency exits. Calmly make your exit.
Follow the instructions of the staff, and keep calm!

Cover your head with your bag, etc.
Find cover between seats.
Follow the instructions of the staff and from announcements.
Do not rush towards emergency exits and stairs.

In a department store or supermarket
Stay away from showcases and large or heavy items.
Watch out for heavy items that might fall!

Cover your head with your bag, etc.
Stay clear of showcases and large items.
Move to a stairs landing or near a column.
Follow the instructions of the staff and stay calm.

At coastal areas
Stay away from the beach and low elevation areas. Move to high ground immediately.
Move to high ground immediately!

Do not go to the beach and low elevation areas until warnings and alarms are cleared.
Evacuate to high ground.
Seek out information on tsunami warnings.

Driving a vehicle
Do not slam on the brakes. Stop as soon as it is safe and park your car on the left side of the street.
Slow down and pull over to the left!

Hold onto the steering wheel firmly and slow down.
Pull over to the left and turn off the engine.
Park in any vacant parking space, if one is available.
Stay inside the vehicle until the quake stops, and listen to the radio for information.
Do not lock the door or leave the key when evacuating.

You can find more action manuals at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Disaster Prevention Homepage.

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