Every month, Seoul Global Center, the Comprehensive Support Center for Foreign Residents in Seoul, strives to bring useful information for daily living to foreign residents through the newsletter. This month we provide “Earthquake Evacuation Plan”. Were you startled by the earthquake that happened last month? As earthquakes are impossible to predict, it is important to familiarize oneself with an evacuation plan in order to minimize damages. Make sure you prepare a proper evacuation plan and memorize the location of shelters in your neighbourhood shelter.
What to do in each situation
During an earthquake, go under a table to protect yourself and hold on tight to a table leg.
When the shaking stops, cut off all electricity and gas, open an exit door.
Move quickly using the stairs while escaping from the building. (DO NOT use the elevator)
Protect your head with your hand or a bag. Look around carefully and evacuate while keeping a safe distance from buildings.
Looking out for falling debris, swiftly move to an open space such as a playground or a park. (DO NOT use your car)
Act according to the instructions announced on the radio or by public institutions.
What to do at each place
Protect yourself by going under the table. When the shaking stops, cut off the electricity and gas, open an exit door and move outside.
Looking out for falling debris, protect your head with your hand or a bag. Maintaining a safe distance from buildings, evacuate to an open space such as a playground or a park.
Press all the button for each floor and get out as soon as you can.
Go under the desk and grasp tightly the table leg. When the shaking stops, evacuate to the playground while maintaining order.
Protect yourself from things falling off the display cabinet and move near the staircase or pillars. Evacuate to the outside when the shaking stops.
Stay calm and protect yourself with one of your belongings such as a bag until the shaking stops. Then calmly evacuate by following the instructions.
Hold on to the strap or the pole so that you do not fall. When the subway stops, follow the instruction.
Turning on the emergency light, gradually decrease your speed and stop your car on the right side of the road. Listening carefully to the radio, evacuate leaving your car keys behind.
Beware of landslides or cliff collapse and move to a safe place. In case of a tsunami alert around coastal areas, move to a higher ground.
Find your neighborhood earthquake shelter at