Earthquakes and Building Collapse
What to do during an earthquake
During an earthquake, remain calm and follow the procedures based on your location.
If you are indoors
Seek shelter in a doorway or under a desk. Stay away from windows, shelves and heavy equipment.
If you are outdoors
Move away from buildings, utility poles and other structures.
If you are in a car
Park in the safest place possible, away from power lines and trees.
- Assist people with disabilities to the exit.
- Do not use elevators.
- Once outside, move to a clear area that is 500 feet away from the building.
- Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
- Do not return to an evacuated building unless instructed to do so.
- After any evacuation, report to your designated campus area assembly point. Stay there until an accurate head count is complete.
- The building coordinator or resident assistant will take attendance and verify all building occupants are safe.
After the earthquake
- After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and call safety and transportation if you have an emergency.
- Report damaged facilities to maintenance.
- A campus emergency command post may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.