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Earthquake Safety Tips

What to stock up on


Here are some emergency supplies you should keep in your room/apartment in case of an earthquake:

  • Bottled Water
  • Canned and/ or dry food
  • First Aid kit
  • Portable radio with extra batteries
  • Extra clothes, coats, etc.
  • Cash
  • Flashlight


How to make your room/ apartment earthquake safe


Although some damage may occur during an earthquake, here are some tips on how to keep your living space safe:

  • Don't place heavy items on unsteady or high surfaces where it could easily fall
  • Make sure wires are not in the way of exits
  • Do not block doorways or walkways


What to do during an earthquake


  • Remain calm and act.  Do not react.
  • Find shelter under a sturdy desk or table, or in a doorway.  Stay there until the shaking completely stops.
  • Stay away from windows, shelves, and heavy equipment during an earthquake.
  • If you are outside during an earthquake, move away from buildings, utility poles, overhead wires, and other structures.  Avoid downed power or utility lines as they may be energized.  Stand in an open area, and wait for the shaking to stop.
  • If you are in a vehicle during an earthquake, stop in the safest place available, preferably an open area away from power lines and trees.  Stop quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle for shelter.
  • If you become trapped in your room or apartment, place an article of clothing outside the window as a marker for rescue crews.  If there is no window, tap on the wall at regular intervals alerting emergency crews.

What to do after an Earthquake:


  • Be prepared for aftershocks.  Aftershocks are usually less intense than the main quake, but can cause further structural damage.
  • Evaluate the situation and if necessary call Public Safety at x222 for emergency assistance.
  • Open windows to ventilate the building.  Watch for broken glass.
  • Do not use lanterns, torches, lighted cigarettes or open flames because gas leaks could be present.
  • If you discover someone that has been either been trapped in an elevator, or by falling objects, notify Public Safety immediately, so emergency rescue operations can be initiated.
  • If you notice a gas, water, or sprinkler valve leaking, report it to Public Safety.
  • If the integrity of the structure appears to be rapidly deteriorating, immediately evacuate the building.


Other precautions to take:


  • Do not use the telephone unless it is absolutely necessary for emergencies.
  • If an emergency exists, call Public Safety at x222.  The University cannot depend on 911 services in a natural disaster(s).
  • Any damaged facility should be reported to Public Safety.  Gas leaks and power failures can create dangerous hazards.
  • Do not use elevators.  Familiarize yourself with the location of stairwells in your building.
  • If the building's fire alarm sounds, quickly walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Once outside, move to an open area clear of any overhead power lines or other structures that may fall.  Keep fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency crews and equipment.
  • Be cooperative and follow instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building until allowed to do so by emergency personnel or your building staff.