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Public Safety

Public Safety - Earthquake

Emergency Contacts

  • Department of Public Safety 9111
  • If Public Safety cannot be reached 911
  1. During an earthquake remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below.
  2. If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under desks or tables. Stay away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment.
  3. If indoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. Caution: always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized. Know your assembly point.
  4. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available. Preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  5. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary call the Department of Public Safety, ext. 9111, if on campus. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for after shocks.
  6. Damaged facilities should be reported to the Public Safety and Facilities Management. NOTE: Gas leaks and power failure create special hazards. Please refer to the section on Utility Failures.
  7. If an emergency exists activate the building alarm. CAUTION: The building alarm may only ring in some buildings — you must then report the emergency by telephone.
  8. When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  9. Assist the handicapped in exiting the building. Remember that the elevators are reserved for the handicapped person’s use. DO NOT use elevators in case of fire. DO NOT panic.
  10. Once outside move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building/s. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
  11. If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
  12. A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.
  13. DO NOT return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a College Official.

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