Safety and Security
of your location on campus (hallway, classroom, multi-story building or
outside) it is important to know what to do and how to protect yourself during
an earthquake. Practice what to do in the event of an earthquake and teach
yourself how to react automatically when the shaking starts.
If you are outside when the shaking starts, get into an open area away from
trees, buildings, walls, and power lines. Remain in the clear until the shaking
stops. If you are on a sidewalk near a building, duck into a doorway to protect
yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster, or other debris. Once the shaking
stops, move to an assigned assembly point and await instructions from the
Drop down to the floor.
Take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture. If that is not
possible seek cover against an interior wall. Protect your head and neck with
your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, or tall
If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be
prepared to move with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and
it is safe to move.
If you are
in a multi story building and an earthquake hits, follow the drop, cover and
hold procedures. If you are not near a desk or table, move against an interior
wall, and protect your head with your arms. Do not be surprised if the fire
alarm or sprinkler system is activated. Once the shaking has stopped and it is
safe to move, evacuate the building as quickly as possible. Do not use the
If you are
in a wheelchair, stay in it. Move to cover if possible, lock your
wheels, and protect your head with your arms.
prepared for the possibility of a tsunami.
shaking has stopped, and you have been injured or are trapped in a
building/room by falling debris, yell for help to notify others of your
situation. If a window is available, hang a piece of clothing out the window to
alert others of your location.
Once the shaking has stopped and it is safe to move, move to your designated
assembly point and await instructions from the command center.