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. 

General procedures

  • 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.