Response to Earthquake
Step 1: Stay Indoors
- Stay indoors during tremors.
- Take cover under tables or desks, or go to a structurally strong location such as a hall by a pillar.
- Do not go outside.
- Watch for falling objects such as light fixtures, bookcases, cabinets, shelves and other furniture that might move or topple.
- Stay away from windows.
Step 2: Drop, Cover, Hold
- Drop to the floor.
- Cover your head with your arms.
- Hold that position
Step 3: Remain in Place Until Shaking Stops
- Do not dash for exits since they may be damaged and the building's exterior brick, tile or decorations may be falling off.
- When the shaking stops, check for injuries to personnel in your area. Render First Aid assistance if required.
- Check for fires or fire hazards -- spills of flammable or combustible liquids, or leaks of flammable gases.
- Turn off ignition and heat sources if it is safe to do so. Shut off all gas sources.
Step 4: Assess Damage and Exit Building
- Follow procedures for fire, hazardous incidents and serious injury as necessary.
- Exit the building, if possible, and go to a predetermined assembly point to report injuries, damages and potentially hazardous conditions
- Call the University Police (Dial x9-911 from any hard-wired campus phone or 229-9911 from a cellphone) or send a runner to the Campus Police Station (Sandburg W140) to notify them of any needed assistance and emergencies that may exist.
- Once you have exited the building, do not reenter until the building has been declared safe by trained emergency personnel.