CPAD Information (November 2014)

Key Earthquake SafetyTips for People with Disabilities
& Other Access or Functional Needs

During earthquakes it is critical to protect yourself. When shaking begins: 

  • Drop down to the floor.
  • Take cover under a tale or desk, or cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Hold on to the leg or other part of the furniture until the shaking stops. 

If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold on:

  • Get as low as possible and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.
  • Do not try to transfer from your wheelchair.  Recline, or bed during the shaking.  Wait for the shaking to stop before transferring.
  • If you use a wheelchair, lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops.
  • Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.

People with Physical Disabilities or Movement LimitationsThe shaking motion may increase difficulties for those with mobility or balance issues. Get to the floor in a seated position and against an inside wall. Protect your head and neck with your arms.

People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Prior to an earthquake,identify and test multiple ways to receive warnings and evacuation information.

People who are blind or have Low VisionEarthquakes can cause items to fall and furniture to shift. Regular sound clues may not be available afterwards. Move with caution.

People with Developmental/Cognitive/Intellectual DisabilitiesIf you have difficulty understanding, remembering, or learning. Keep a simple list of what to do and important information with you and in your kits. Practice your plan in advance. If you use augmentative communication supports, include these in your planning.  (View Additional Guidance at:

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