Earthquakes strike without warning. It is important to be familiar with the following procedures. Knowing how to respond and what to do could save your life.
Movement of the ground is seldom the actual cause of death or injury. Most casualties result from partial building collapse, falling objects and debris, like toppling chimneys, ceiling plaster and light fixtures.
Before the shaking starts, know the safe spots in your area:
- Against inside walls
- Under study tables, desks or supported doorways
Know the danger spots:
- Hanging objects
- Tall unsecured furniture and fixtures
Know where your emergency telephone numbers are kept.
During the shaking:
- IF INDOORS, STAY THERE. Get under a desk or table or stand in a doorway or corner
- If OUTDOORS get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines
- Do not use elevators
- If in a CROWDED PUBLIC PLACE do not rush for the doors. Move away from shelves that may contain objects that could fall
After the shaking stops:
- Check for injuries. Apply first aid as you may be trained to provide. Do NOT move injured individuals unless they are in immediate danger
- If there is severe injury you should call the EMERGENCY NUMBER for your campus, or send someone for help, otherwise do not tie up the telephone lines
- Be prepared for AFTERSHOCKS. Evacuate the building when advised to do so
Your personal safety is critical in this situation. All of the above points for all personnel apply to you in the event of an earthquake.
- Secure the area and confirm that Physical Plant has been notified
- Ensure all students/employees are clear of the area
- Provide reasonable assistance to Fire, Ambulance, Police and natural gas crews as requested
- Report any information to proper authorities relating to the earthquake