Yellow Building in Student Plaza Tree view

In the Event of an Earthquake

During an earthquake, protect yourself and remain calm and don‘t panic.

Drop to the Floor

DUCK or DROP to the floor.

Cover Under the Table

Take COVER under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture. If that is not possible, seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, or tall furniture.

Cover Under the Table

If you take cover under a study piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.


  • Watch for falling objects such as light fixtures, bookcases, cabinets, shelves, and other furniture that might slide or topple.
  • Stay away from windows. Do not run outside.
  • Do not dash for exits since they may be damaged and the building's exterior brick, glass, tile, and decorations may be falling off.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • If you are in an Elevator: Do not panic and wait to be rescued.


  • Move away from buildings and power lines; stay in the open.
  • If you are in a moving car, pull over as soon as it is safe leaving the road clear for emergency vehicles. Remain in the car.


  • Check for injuries to personnel in your area.
  • Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger.
  • Render first aid assistance if required.
  • Prepare for aftershocks.
  • Check for fires or fire hazards (spills of flammable or combustible liquids, or leaks of flammable gases) if it is safe to do so.
  • Turn off ignition and heat sources if it is safe to do so.
  • Exit the building, if possible, and go to the Emergency Assembly Point and report on injuries, damages, and potentially hazardous conditions (smell of gas, etc.).
  • Please stay with your group and do not leave this area unless told to.
  • If you must leave this area make sure to tell your Building Marshal first.
  • Once you have exited the building do not reenter until the building has been declared safe by trained emergency personnel.
  • Use the telephone system only for urgent matters.