Earthquake

IF YOU ARE INDOORS DURING AN EARTHQUAKE...

  1. Stay inside. (Debris falling from the outside of buildings can cause serious injury).
  2. Take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture, in a supported doorway or along an inside wall.
  3. Stay away from the glass.
  4. Extinguish any open flame (candles, matches, lighters) and do not flip on lights or other electrical switches which may cause an explosion in the event there are gas leaks.
  5. Do not run for exits that may be jammed with people, stairways that may be broken, or elevators which would stop if power fails.
  6. When tremors stop, leave the building until structural safety can be assessed.

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE DURING AN EARTHQUAKE...

  1. Move away from the buildings and utility wires. Once in the open, remain until the tremors stop.
  2. Do not enter buildings until structural safety can be assessed.

IF YOU ARE IN A MOVING VEHICLE DURING AN EARTHQUAKE...

  1. Stop as quickly as safety permits. Turn off motor. DO NOT STOP UNDER POWER LINES, OVERPASSES, HEAVY OBJECTS, OR NEXT TO BUILDINGS
  2. Remain in vehicle.
  3. When tremors stop, drive on carefully watching for falling objects, downed electrical wires, and broken or undermined roadways.
  4. Do not enter buildings until structural safety can be assessed.

AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE...

  1. Be prepared for additional aftershocks. THey are usually smaller, but can cause additional damage or bring weakened structures down.
  2. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Report the location of the injured person to emergency personnel.
  3. A UV Facilities Department team will assess the structural damage as soon as possible and provide further instructions.
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