In the event of an earthquake if you are inside:

  • Take cover under a desk or table and hold on. If your cover moves, move with it. Brace in a doorway if cover is not available. Be cautious of heavy swinging doors and people traffic. Avoid outside or high-use doorways.
  • Use your arm to cover and protect your eyes.
  • If in a theatre or lecture hall, stay in your seat or get under it, if possible. Protect your head with your hands.
  • Stay away from windows, shelves, or furniture that could fall.
  • Place your hands on the floor for balance.
  • Do not run outside during the earthquake. When the shaking stops, move cautiously outside. Be careful of falling building materials or uneven ground.
  • Instructors and supervisors should notify Public Safety of anyone unaccounted for from your area.
  • Do not go back into the building until notified to do so.

In the event of an earthquake if you are outside:

  • If walking, quickly move into the open, away from electrical lines, trees and buildings.
  • If driving, bring your vehicle to a stop at the side of the road away from traffic.
  • Do not stop on or under bridges, near or under power lines, or near road signs.


  • Be prepared for after-shocks.
  • If you suspect gas, electrical or other problems, notify Public Safety.

Earthquake Recovery tips

  • Look for injured victims and administer or obtain first aid.
  • Pay attention to damaged utilities. Avoid loose or dangling electric power lines and report all gas and electrical problems to the proper authorities.
  • Turn off any damaged utilities.
  • Check for fire hazards and use flashlights. Do not use candles or lanterns.
  • Wear protective shoes.
  • Listen for radio advisories.