- Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.
- Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
- Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire.
There is no perfect plan, no automatic behavior anyone can enact that will guarantee your safety, but I believe by simply being aware of where you are and what you can do- is probably the best advice any of us can rely upon.