Earthquakes and Building Collapse

During an earthquake

During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below.

  1. If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment. "Duck, Cover and Hold!"
  2. If Outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines, as they may be energized. Know your assembly points.
  3. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  4. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and, if emergency help is necessary, call Safety and Transportation at 417-836-5509; be prepared for aftershocks.
  5. Damaged facilities should be reported to Maintenance at 417-836-4904 during working hours and 417-836-5133 on weekends and after hours. The incident may also be reported Safety and Transportation at 417-836-5509.
  6. If necessary, or when directed to do so, Activate the building alarm. Precaution: Also report the emergency by telephone.
  7. When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  8. Assist the handicapped in exiting the Building! Remember that the elevators are reserved for the handicapped persons. Do not use elevators in case of fire. Do not panic; remain calm.
  9. Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Know your area assembly points.
  10. If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
  11. A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business.
  12. Do Not Return to an Evacuated Building unless permitted to do so by a University official.

Important: After any evacuation, report to your designated campus area assembly point. Stay there until an accurate head count is taken. The Building Coordinator or Resident Assistant will take attendance and assist in the accounting for all building occupants.