Major Earthquake

What to do DURING a major earthquake:

  • DO NOT evacuate the building.
  • If indoors: Duck, Cover and Hold.
  • If no cover is available, stay near an interior wall and shield your head and face from falling debris.
  • Stay away from windows, tall objects, and overhead lights.
  • Science laboratory occupants should seek shelter in hallways to escape possible toxic fumes.
  • Assist any disabled persons with finding a protected location. (See Evacuating Disabled & Buildings.)
  • Wheelchair-bound persons should be placed in doorways or any other structurally sound area of the room . Be sure to LOCK the brakes!
  • If outdoors: Stay clear of trees, buildings, light poles, and power poles.
  • Assist any disabled persons with finding a protected location. (See Evacuating Disabled & Buildings.)
  • Wheelchair-bound persons should be placed in doorways or any other structurally sound area of the room . Be sure to LOCK the brakes!

What to do AFTER a major earthquake:

  • Evacuate the building. Watch for falling glass, debris, and electrical wires.
  • Assist any persons with disabilities with exiting the building. (See Evacuating Disabled & Buildings.)
  • Proceed to the nearest, safest assembly area and maintain a safe distance from trees, buildings, light poles, and power poles.
  • Follow emergency procedures as directed by campus officials.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until directed to do so by campus officials.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Check for injuries and assist with first aid. DO NOT move the seriously injured unless absolutely necessary or there is a threat to his or your safety.
  • Make note of any individuals who may be missing.
  • Assist those who are experiencing anxiety.