Be prepared. In your work area, identify and review the safest places/most dangerous places, exists and alternative exists, location of flashlights and batteries, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, food and water supplies, transistor radio. Make special provisions for persons with disabilities.

In the event of a major quake, be prepared to stay on campus overnight, and perhaps longer. You should not try to get home until campus authorities say it is safe, which will be when the worst fires are under control and streets are cleared for travel. This may happen quickly, or may take some time (72 hours or longer). Do not risk becoming a casualty by acting independently of emergency personnel.

During an earthquake

  • Drop under a desk or sturdy table. Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, heavy mirrors, hanging plants, and other objects that could fall.
  • Stay under cover until the shaking stops. Do not dash for exits since they may be damaged and the building’s exterior brick, tile, and decorations may be falling off.
  • Hold onto the desk or table. If it moves, move with it.
  • If you’re on a sidewalk near a tall building, get into a building’s doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, and other debris.
  • If you’re in a wheelchair, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.
  • If you’re driving, slowly pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.

After an Earthquake

  • Be prepared for aftershocks, which may be weaker, but can cause damage to weakened structures.
  • Call 911 to report any injuries or emergencies such as a fire. Give first aid to only to the extent of your personal training and ability. Do not move injured persons unless they are in imminent danger.
  • Check for fires, don’t ignight matches or lighters.
  • Unplug or turn off computers and other office equipment.
  • Gather home and office keys and identification.
  • Evacuate the building. Gather at your designated assembly area.
  • Wait for instructions. Tune your radio to AM 710, the federally designated Emergency Alert System, and listen for information on what to do. Use telephone system only for urgent matters.