Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs


If Indoors...

DROP under a desk or sturdy table. Stay away from windows, outside walls or doors, filing cabinets, bookcases, overhead fixtures or objects that may fall or collapse. Alternatively, stand along an interior wall or in a doorframe.

COVER your head and neck with one arm until the shaking stops.

HOLD ON to the desk or table. If it moves, move with it. Close your eyes to protect them. Wait for the motion to cease and for any falling objects to land before you attempt to move.


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If Outdoors

Move away from buildings, trees, street lights, and utility wires. Beware of falling debris from buildings and trees.

If you are driving, slowly pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.

After An Earthquake

Gather your belongings, such as keys, coat, medication, emergency and first aid kits. Replace the telephone receiver in its cradle. Look around to see if others are in need of assistance.

 Exit the building and check in at the evacuation assembly area, which can be found on the Emergency Assembly Area Map. Do NOT use the elevator. Wait for instructions from emergency responders, emergency building coordinators, or resident assistants. Do NOT re-enter until directed to do so by recognized responders.


Be prepared for aftershocks, which can cause further damage. Be aware that electricity, gas, and phones may not work. Broken gas and electrical lines may pose a hazard. Refrain from making calls to free up lines for emergency workers.


Check in with your instructor, conference leader, resident assistant (RA), emergency building coordinator (EBC), or Campus Safety personnel during emergencies and remain in place until instructed otherwise. EBCs and RAs may be in a green vest and/or holding an emergency assembly area sign. Inform this person of others who you know did not escape the building or who left campus.

If Trapped Under Debris

Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing. Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle, if one is available. Use a flashlight to signal rescuers. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust. Do NOT light a match. Do NOT move about or kick up dust.