During a major earthquake you will experience shaking of the earth or building. This shaking may start out as a gentle rocking motion that grows violent, or it may begin as a violent jolt. You may find it difficult to walk during the shaking.
During an Earthquake:
- Stay where you are, get under a desk or table or stand in a doorway or the corner
of the room.
- IN LABS: Do not seek cover under tables or benches in laboratories.
- Chemicals could spill and harm you.
- If possible, extinguish fires, flames, or other sources of ignition.
- If you are outside, get into an open area that is away from buildings, power lines, and trees.
- Do not use elevators.
- If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop immediately.
- Avoid overpasses and power lines.
- Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops.
Following an Earthquake:
- Gather your valuables and leave the building quickly.
- If necessary, provide assistance to those who have been trapped in the building, including those with mobility impairments or those who are trapped by the debris.
- Gather at the designated meeting location, or rally point.
- If people are injured or cannot be accounted for or if you know someone is still trapped
in the building, call Campus Safety or your local emergency contact.
- If there is no answer or if the line is busy, call the local EMS (911).
- If you can, put a sign on the building that everyone got out OR that someone is trapped.
- If someone is trapped, note the time, date, number of victims, and their last known locations on the sign.