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Emergency Procedures: Earthquake

IF INDOORS DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

  • DROP to the ground
  • TAKE COVER by moving under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture
  • HOLD ON until shaking stops
  • If you cannot take cover under a piece of furniture, tuck your head into your knees and cover your head with your arms
  • Evacuate only after shaking has stopped and it is safe to do so
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS

IF OUTDOORS DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Remain outdoors; DO NOT enter a building
  • Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and utility wires
  • Drop to your knees and into fetal position, close your eyes, and cross your arms over the back of your neck for protection
  • Remain in this position until shaking stops
  • Stay in an open area; the greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at building exits, and alongside exterior walls

IF IN A VEHICLE DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle
  • Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires
  • Proceed cautiously once shaking has stopped
  • Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake

AFTER SHAKING STOPS

  • DO NOT USE MATCHES/LIGHTERS OR OTHER SOURCES OF IGNITION
  • Power outages may occur; fire alarms and sprinkler systems may be activated
  • If possible, provide assistance to persons with disabilities who may need it or alert emergency responders to their location
  • Do not enter any building that has been deemed or appears to be unsafe
  • Leave the area if you smell gas or chemical fumes
  • Be prepared for aftershocks
  • If you are properly trained and able, provide first aid to victims
  • DO NOT move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury
  • Open doors carefully
  • Watch for falling objects
  • Avoid using telephones unless reporting an emergency

Call USC Police at 911 and tell the dispatcher:

  • Your location
  • Status of the victim (conscious, breathing, bleeding)
  • Any visible injuries

  • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher

IF TRAPPED IN A BUILDING

  • DO NOT USE MATCHES/LIGHTERS OR OTHER SOURCES OF IGNITION
  • Cover your nose and mouth with cloth to protect against dust
  • If you are properly trained, provide first aid to victims
  • Do not move about or kick up dust
  • Signal for help by whistling or tapping on the building
  • Shout only as a last resort

Call USC Police at 911 and tell the dispatcher:

  • Your location
  • Status of the victim (conscious, breathing, bleeding)
  • Any visible injuries

  • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher

PREPARE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Fasten shelves securely to walls
  • Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves
  • Store breakable items such as bottled foods and glass in low, closed cabinets with latches
  • Hang heavy items such as pictures or mirrors away from beds, couches, and any other seating areas
 
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