• During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below.
    DROP to the floor     COVER head and neck     HOLD ON until the shaking stops
  • If indoors, stay there. Quickly move to a safe location near the structural strong points of the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall.  Protect yourself from falling objects.  Avoid taking cover near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture, heavy appliances or fireplaces.  EXIT THE BUILDING ONLY AFTER THE SHAKING STOPS.
  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.
  • If you are driving, slow down smoothly and stop on the side of the road. Avoid stopping on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs. Stay in your car.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation. Check for injuries; attend to injuries if needed, help ensure the safety of people around you.  If emergency help is needed, call the University Department of Public Safety at extension 911.  Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for after-shocks.
  • Damaged facilities should be reported to the University Department of Public Safety and the Building Coordinator. Note: Gas leaks and power failure create special hazards. Please refer to the sections on Utility Failures.
  • ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EXITING THE BUILDING! Remember that elevators are reserved for their use only. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE.
  • Once outside, move to an assembly area away from the affected building and check in with an assembly area coordinator or co-worker. Keep the streets and walkways clear for responding emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • If requested, assist the University Department of Public Safety and/or the Building Coordinator.
  • DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless directed to do so by the University Department of Public Safety or the Building Coordinator.
  • Refer to the Building Coordinator for emergency procedures specific to your building.

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