Earthquake

DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by moving under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops
  • If there is not a table or desk near you, tuck your head to 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 AFTER SHAKING STOPS
  • DO NOT USE MATCHES/LIGHTERS OR OTHER SOURCES OF IGNITION
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on
  • If possible, assist persons with disabilities who may need assistance. If not possible, alert responders of the location of persons with disabilities
  • Do not enter any building that is deemed to be or appears unsafe
  • Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals
  • Be prepared for aftershocks
  • If trained and able, provide first aid to victims
  • Do not move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Call USC Police at 911 to report any injuries and tell the dispatcher:
    • Your location
    • Status of the victim (conscious, breathing, or bleeding)
    • Any visible injuries
    • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher
  • Open doors carefully
  • Watch for falling objects
  • Avoid using telephones, unless reporting an emergency
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
  • Call USC Police at 911 to report any injuries and tell the dispatcher:
    • Your location
    • Status of the victim (conscious, breathing, or bleeding)
    • Any visible injuries
    • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher
  • ┬áIf trained and able, provide first aid to victims
  • Do not move about or kick up dust
  • Signal for help using a whistle or by tapping on the building
  • Shout only as a last resort