Although major earthquakes are uncommon in the New York City area, tremors do occasionally occur.

In the event of an earthquake:

  • Drop to the floor.
  • Take cover under a solid piece of furniture or next to an interior wall, or hold on to a sturdy piece of furniture and be prepared to move with it.
  • Cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks, which often follow an earthquake.

If you are outside:

  • Move to an open area away from buildings, power lines, and trees.
  • If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop immediately. Avoid overpasses and power lines.
  • Stay inside the vehicle until tremors have stopped.
  • Do not exit your vehicle if utility lines are leaning or touching your vehicle.

After the earthquake:

  • Evacuate your building when it is safe and/or if instructed to do so, using the building evacuation procedures.
  • If possible, provide assistance to those who have been trapped.
  • Inform public safety personnel of any injured or missing persons.
  • Use telephones to report emergencies only (e.g., fires, serious injuries).
  • Steer clear of downed utility poles or lines.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings.

Department of Public Safety

Rose Hill
718-817-2222 or 718-817-5832
Extension: 2222 or 5832

Lincoln Center
212-930-8888 or 212-636-6076
Extension: 6076

914-367-3001 or 914-367-3333
Extension: 3333