University Safety and Assurances

Response to Earthquake

Quick Reference: Emergency 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.