When You Are In A Building During An Earthquake

The key points to remember are:

1. Drop
2. Cover
3. Hold On

1. Remain calm and DROP to the floor. If you are in a wheelchair, stay in it, move to safe cover if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.

2. Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table. If this is not possible, take cover against an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms. Do not take cover near windows, mirrors, or other heavy objects. Avoid exterior walls, heavy items on wheels, and handling objects.

3. After taking cover, HOLD ON to the desk or table and be prepared to move with it during the shaking.

Safety Reminders During An Earthquake

  • Do not travel long distances to drop, cover and hold on. Minimize your movement to a few steps.
  • Do not pull the fire alarm.
  • Do not run for exits or use the elevator.
  • Do not light candles, matches or lighters. These may ignite an explosion if there is a gas leak.

After The Shaking Has Stopped

1.  EVACUATE the building once the shaking stops. Employee safety team members will direct/assist you, via the safest route, to evacuate the building. Expect aftershocks and watch for possible dangers such as falling plaster, broken glass, etc. Be aware of fire or fire hazards that could impeded your evacuation.

2. ASSEMBLE away from buildings or any other potential threats of danger. Building Action Team members will direct/assist you.  Nelson Stadium has been identified as the location to assemble after evacuating a building on campus and to receive additional directions.  As you relocate to Nelson Stadium, move away from buildings that may fall in subsequent tremors. Avoid downed power lines and water/sewer line breaks.  Once in the assembly area, all evacuees will be accounted for and advised to assist responders.

If you find yourself injured or trapped in a building or wreckage, put something over your mouth and nose to protect you from dust. If immediate rescue is not possible, tap on a pipe, floor or wall that may help responders locate you.

DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING FOR ANY REASON. Emergency Responders or the college's Emergency Response Team will advise when or if it is safe to return.