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Emergency Information

What to Do During an Earthquake


Remain calm and quickly follow the steps below:

  1. If indoors remain indoors and duck, cover, and hold. Stay away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment. Attempting to rush outside may expose you to serious injury or death.
  2. If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures.
  3. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation. If emergency help is necessary, call the Police at 9-1-1. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.
  4. Coordinate with your building monitor/supervisor/dean and begin turning off all potentially hazardous equipment such as gas and electric appliances. Do Not take unnecessary risks.
  5. Report potentially dangerous damage to facilities to the Police at 9-1-1.
  6. If necessary, or if directed, evacuate the building. Evacuate the building by quickly walking to the nearest exit, alerting people as you go. Be aware of structural damage and assist both the disabled (see Assisting Students with Disabilities guidelines) and injured (see Medical Emergency section).
  7. Once outside, move to a clear area at least 50 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep away from utility poles and other structures. Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  8. To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist Police officers or college staff in their attempts to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
  9. Do not return to a building until told to do so.
  10. If a campus wide evacuation notice is given, evacuate the campus as per instructions in the Evacuation Procedures guidelines.


Emergency Web site
Contact: Pippa Gibson
Phone: 408.864.8936
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Last Updated: 1/27/12