In Southern California, every day is
"earthquake season". There is no cycle of
earthquake occurrence - they can happen at any time. College
of the Canyon
values its employees and wants each to be prepared.
Employee preparedness begins at home. How well you and
your family survive an earthquake often depends upon how
well you prepare beforehand. The information provided here
can be applied to emergency planning at home as well as in
the work place.
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE:
Conduct a home hazard hunt - know the safe and danger
spots. Know how to shut off utilities. Secure water heater
and major appliances, tall, heavy furniture, pictures and
mirrors. Keep flammable or hazardous liquid and heavy
objects in secured cabinets or on lower shelves.
Create a family emergency plan. Include a communication
plan so family members know how to reach each other; select
an out-of-state contact for everyone to call to report their
whereabouts; evacuation routes; where the family will meet
to reunite if separated during the quake. Practice your
Create an emergency kit of food, water and supplies for
your home, car, and your workplace.
Learn first aid and CPR.
Take a CERT Class (Community Emergency Response
and Hold On under a table or desk or
against an inside wall until the
After shaking stops, check yourself and others
Evacuate the building to your designated
Do not leave the area/campus without reporting
your status to your Building or Floor Warden.
During an Earthquake:
DUCK - Duck or drop down on the floor.
COVER - Take cover under a sturdy desk,
table or other furniture. If that is not possible, seek
cover against an interior wall and protect your head and
neck with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows,
hanging objects, mirrors or tall furniture.
HOLD ON- If you take cover under a sturdy
piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move
with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking
and it is safe to move.
If you are in a HALLWAY, drop to the
floor against an interior wall - protect your head and neck
with your arms.
If you are with STUDENTS, shout
"EARTHQUAKE! DUCK, COVER AND HOLD ON!"
Students should drop under tables.
DO NOT enter or EXIT THE
BUILDING during the shaking - there is danger from
If you are OUTDOORS, find a spot away
from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines. Drop
to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops.
DO NOT return to your building until
DO NOT use the ELEVATORS.
IN A CAR - stop in the safest place
away from underpasses/overpasses, bridges, etc. STAY
IN THE VEHICLE until the shaking stops.
After an Earthquake:
After the shaking stops, check for injuries and
administer first aid if necessary and if qualified.
DO NOT move victims unless absolutely necessary.
Replace telephone handsets that have been shaken off.
DO NOT use telephones except to report
fires or medical emergencies.
DO NOT use matches or other open
Upon notification, by emergency personnel (floor warden
or building captains personnel) evacuate the building to
your designated evacuation site.
Assist persons with disabilities.
Notify emergency personnel as soon as possible of the
location of anyone unable to evacuate the building.
DO NOT use elevators in the building.
DO NOT return to an evacuated building
unless directed to do so by an emergency
Try to stay calm and assist others
Cooperate with emergency personnel
Be prepared for AFTERSHOCKS
Emergency Supplies Checklist
KEYS - An extra set of car and house
WATER - 3 days to 1 week supply - 1
gallon/per person/per day - remember pets!
FOOD - 3 days to 1 week supply of
nonperishable food - manual can opener and utensils -
FIRST AID KIT - with manual and medical
RADIO - extra batteries.
FLASHLIGHTS - extra batteries, matches,
MEDICATIONS - over-the-counter,
prescriptions and prescription list.
CASH AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS - small
bills, coins, deeds, insurance papers, medical cards, etc.
CLOTHING - sturdy shoes, bedding.
TOOLS - adjustable wrench, fire
extinguisher, sturdy gloves, whistle, small mirror, etc.