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Earthquake Procedures


  • Avoid storing heavy objects on high shelves
  • Secure bookcases, cabinets, and equipment to the floor or wall
  • Anchor desk-top equipment, including computers, with nylon straps or Velcro
  • Install restraints on laboratory chemical shelves
  • Store gas cylinders in properly designed racks
  • Be familiar with emergency plans and procedures

During an Earthquake

If you're inside

  • Drop, cover, and hold. Take cover under a table or desk and hold on
  • If there is no furniture to take cover under, drop to the floor and lean into an interior wall, covering your head with your arms
  • Stay away from windows, overhead fixtures, tall objects and electrical equipment
  • In a classroom or auditorium, stay where you are and protect yourself by getting under cover or covering your head with your arms
  • In a chemical laboratory, be prepared for falling chemical containers. You may need to move from the laboratory into the hallway

If you're outside

  • Move to an open area away from buildings, trees, utility wires, and overhead structures
  • If driving, pull over to the nearest open area and stop. Stay inside the vehicle until shaking stops

After an earthquake

  • After the shaking stops, follow evacuation procedures.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks. Move cautiously. Avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Do not use elevators
  • Check for injured people. Administer first aid if necessary. Do not move seriously injured individuals unless absolutely necessary (fire, imminent building collapse)
  • Check in with your Floor Warden or Bulding Coordinator and report all injuries to emergency response personnel