The Need For An Evidence-Basis for Earthquake Survival Tips

American Red Cross response to "Triangle of Life" by Doug Copp


In recent months an e-mail article has been widely circulated, under the title “The Triangle of Life” written by Doug Copp of ARTI (American Rescue Team International).  It has led many people to question or plan to change their response to heavy shaking, and some of the recommendations in the article have even been repeated in media stories as if they were fact. 


However, the advice is potentially life-threatening and the author has been broadly discredited.


Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world, and have searched for missing victims in collapsed structures, continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect lives during earthquakes. Given the dynamics of earthquakes and their effects on structures, "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the single most useful instruction that you can follow to protect yourself in the majority of situations.

The Earthquake Country Alliance unites leaders in government, disaster response, science, business, media, education and local communities to raise earthquake awareness and reduce losses in future earthquakes.  This website includes videos, brochures, how-to information, resources in Spanish, and answers to frequently asked questions.