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  • If inside - stay insideDo not run outside. Remain as calm as possible.
  • Do not evacuate automatically. Outdoor hazards may be greater than indoor hazards.
  • Get under a desk or sturdy table or brace yourself within a narrow hallway or doorway and keep clear of glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment. DUCK, COVER, HOLD. (Drop to your knees, clasp both hands behind the neck, bury face in arms, make body as small as possible, close eyes, and cover ears with forearms).
  • Phone systems may be severely impacted. Limit phone usage to emergency calls only.
  • If instructed to evacuate to assembly areas, move quickly. Grab keys, personal items, and emergency supplies only if convenient and safe to do so. Help disabled and injured persons whenever possible.
  • Follow directions of emergency responders.
If in a crowded theater or lecture hall:
  • Stay in your seat, protect your head and neck.
  • Do not rush for exits. Remain calm.
  • Evacuate to your designated area when safe to do so.
  • Follow directions of emergency personnel.


  • Move to a clear area if safe to do so. Avoid falling hazards and stay away from buildings, trees, walls, and utility wires.
  • DUCK, COVER, HOLD in an open area. Protect your head and neck. Stay in an open area until the shaking stops.
If in a vehicle:
  • Pull over and stop in clear area. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and structural hazards.
  • Stay with your vehicle.


  • Expect aftershocks over the next hours and days.
  • Check yourself and others for injuries. Report injuries to supervisor or emergency personnel.
  • Use your training to provide first aid, use of fire extinguishers, clean up spills, etc.
  • Assess your surroundings, and check for damage and hazardous conditions. Report them to supervisor or emergency personnel.
If outdoors:
  • Stay clear of buildings, trees, or other falling hazard areas.
  • Move to evacuation assembly areas.
  • Follow directions of emergency personnel.
When to go home:
In the event of a major earthquake, be prepared to stay on campus. You should not try to get home until emergency personnel say it is safe, the streets are cleared for travel, and most emergency conditions have been stabilized. The campus is prepared to provide emergency care and shelter in partnership with the American Red Cross.