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Earthquakes

During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  • Remain calm.
  • If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment. Drop to your knees, clasp both hands behind the neck, bury your face in your arms, and make your body as small as possible. Close your eyes and cover your ears with your forearms.
  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.
  • If in an automobile, stop as soon as possible in the safest place available, preferably away from structures, power lines and trees. Stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, call 911. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Damaged facilities should be reported to the Physical Plant or Campus Safety.
  • If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm.
  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Do not use the elevators. They may have been damaged in the quake.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
◔ Emergency Handbook – Page 10 of 12

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About this Policy

Ownership: Environmental Health and Safety; Campus Safety
Last Revised: September 22, 2009
Categories: Safety
For questions regarding this policy, please contact the policy owner.