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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)


Even though our area is subject to earthquakes on an infrequent basis, some areas of Maryland are at moderate risk for earthquakes. Earthquakes strike without warning so it's important to prepare in advance if one were to occur.

Before an earthquake:

  • Make sure items, fixtures, and shelving are firmly attached to walls.
  • Identify safe places inside your home for when an earthquake begins, including under a sturdy piece of furniture. Stay away from windows, mirrors, or places where items could fall from shelves.
  • Identify safe places outside away from buildings, power lines, trees, and overpasses.
  • Check your emergency kit regularly.

During an earthquake:

  • Take cover under a table or sturdy piece of furniture and hold on until the shaking stops.
  • If you are in your bed when an earthquake starts, stay in bed and put your pillow over your head.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If outdoors, move to an open area away from power lines or buildings and stay there until the shaking stops.
  • If in a vehicle, stop safely away from buildings, overpasses, and power lines.
  • If you are trapped under debris, cover your mouth with your clothing and tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you.

Following an earthquake:

  • Listen to the radio for any further instructions. 

Alert Montgomery
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