Earthquake Emergency Procedures
The ground is shaking. What do you do? Actions taken in the next few seconds and minutes could be the difference between life and death or serious injury. Drop! Cover! Hold On! Emergency Preparedness and Response information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Prepare yourself for an emergency, both at Ohlone and at home: American Red Cross tips on Earthquake preparedness and safety, including Prepare a Home Earthquake Plan, Eliminate Hazards, Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit for Home and Car, Know What to Do When the Shaking Begins, and Identify What to Do After the Shaking Stops.
- During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined.
- If indoors, seek refuge in a corner, under a desk or table. Avoid windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.
- When the earth is shaking, DROP to your knees, clasp both hands behind the neck, bury your face in your arms, make your body as small as possible, close eyes and cover ears with forearms.
- If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures.
- After initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary call the CPS Office at extension 6111. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for after shocks.
- Turn off all potentially hazardous equipment such as gas and electric appliances. Damaged facilities should be reported to Buildings and Grounds at extension 6105 if the CPS Office was not called.
- If necessary activate the building alarm system.
- 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 and injured.
- FLASH THE LIGHTS ON AND OFF to alert deaf or hard of hearing students. Write notes to explain what is happening.
- Once outside, move to a clear area at least 150-300 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
- To the best of your ability, and without reentering the building, assist in determining that everyone has evacuated safely.
- DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING UNLESS DIRECTED BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY.
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