Earthquake

During an Earthquake

If you are inside a building, stay inside. DO NOT EVACUATE.

If you are outside, stay outside, but move to an open area away from buildings, trees, power lines, and roadways.

Call out: “Earthquake! Duck, cover, and hold!” Wait until the ground stops shaking. Visually assess safety before emerging. Remember aftershocks are likely and often cause considerable damage.

If inside, keep away from overhead fixtures, windows, filing cabinets, and bookcases.

Assist any persons with disabilities in the area and locate a safe place for them.

After an Earthquake

Call out: “Is everyone OK?”

Do not evacuate unless you are instructed to do so by the building monitor or Public Safety personnel, or other authority.

Assign responsible employees to assist with rescue, first aid, and hazard mitigation.

Assign emergency response team members to verify the safety and well being of members of the community.

Access emergency supplies.

Assign emergency response team members to conduct damage assessment. (Refer to the Damage Assessment Form).

Check for safety hazards: fire, electrical, gas leaks, water supply, etc. Send preliminary damage assessment information via a “runner” to the safety director or deputy safety director.

Encourage employees and visitors to stay on their floor of the building until area outside has been checked for falling debris, loose electrical wires, etc.

Do not use telephones. Return all phone handles to their cradles.