1. Attach all bookcases, cabinets, compressed gas cylinders and other furnishings to a wall or to the floor.
  2. Store all heavy items below head level.
  3. Restrain chemicals on open shelves with seismic retaining strips (see Administrative Services Policy 5445, Seismic Hazard Reduction at for more information).


Get to an open area away from trees, buildings, and power lines.


  1. Pull to the side of the road away from underpasses, bridges and buildings.
  2. Remain in the vehicle until the shaking stops. Do not leave the vehicle if a power line has fallen on or near it.


  1. Stay away from windows and get under a desk or a table.
  2. Duck, cover and hold.
  3. In a hallway, sit against the wall and protect your head with your arms.
  4. In an auditorium, duck between the rows of seats and protect your head.
  5. Wait inside until the shaking stops, then evacuate the building and go to your building Emergency Assembly Point.
  6. Do not use elevators for evacuation.
  7. Designated personnel should assist individuals with mobility disabilities to a safe location, e.g., an enclosed stairwell landing with a ground level exit to the exterior or, if obstructed, an office space with a door. See the tabs, “Campus Evacuation,” “Building Evacuation,” and “Persons with Disabilities.”
  8. Report to your Department Safety Representatives (DSR). The DSR will complete a department status report and transmit it to the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  9. Do not re-enter the building until authorized to do so by emergency response personnel.

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