Earthquakes
Parts of the State have experienced minor earthquakes. Individuals who have experienced them can attest to the fact that even a mild one can be frightening. This is particularly so if one is not informed of the precautions to take.

Warning
Earthquakes generally occur without warning. Seismologists can identify areas where earthquakes are most likely to occur, but cannot yet predict the exact time and place.

Preparation
Secure standing objects such as bookcases and water heaters, especially if there is potential for them to fall and hurt someone.
Provide earthquake safety information to parents and staff members.

Response
During the shaking:
  Keep calm – do not leave the location. Assess the situation,
    and then act. Remember, falling debris is the direct cause of most
    injuries and deaths.
  If indoors – stay there.
Duck, cover (your head, at least) and hold on.
Take cover under desks, tables, or other heavy furniture.
Stay away from windows and beware of falling objects.
  If outdoors – stay in the open.
Move away from the building, if possible.
Avoid utility poles and overhead wires.
After the shaking stops
  Evacuate – Move to open areas away from the building
  Do not re-enter the building until authorities have checked it
    for possible structural damage, leaking gas lines and other
    utility disruptions.
  Take roll call to account for everyone.
  If a radio is available, listen for news bulletins.

Adapted from the Day Care Facilities Emergency Planning Guide prepared by the Bureau of Plans, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and information from the FEMA website.