Pitzer College Emergency Procedures Handbook
for Faculty, Staff, Students and Visitors

EARTHQUAKE

A. DURING THE EARTHQUAKE:

  1. Remain calm and ACT, do not react.
  2. If indoors, seek refuge under a desk or table and hold on (Duck, Cover, and Hold). Stay away from windows, shelves and heavy equipment.
  3. If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, overhead wires, and other structures. CAUTION: Avoid downed power or utility lines as they may be energized. Do not attempt to enter buildings until you are advised to do so by proper authorities.

B. AFTER THE INITIAL SHOCK:

  1. Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks are usually less intense than the main quake.
  2. Protect yourself at all times.
  3. Evaluate the situation, call Campus Safety for emergency assistance only if unable to exit the building.
  4. Do not use lanterns, torches, lighted cigarettes or open flames, since gas leaks could be present.
  5. If the earthquake causes a fire, implement the fire procedures.
  6. Open windows, etc. to ventilate the building. Watch out for broken glass. Do not open the windows if a fire is present.
  7. Determine whether or not anyone has been caught in the elevators or was trapped by falling objects. If so, notify Campus Safety or a Pitzer official so that an emergency rescue operation can be initiated.
  8. Check water, gas and sprinkler valves for leaks. If there are any leaks, report them to Campus Safety immediately.
  9. If the structural integrity appears to be deteriorating rapidly, evacuate the building immediately.
  10. DO NOT USE THE TELEPHONE UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR EMERGENCIES. HEAVY USE OF THE TELEPHONE WILL TIE UP THE LINES AND PREVENT EMERGENCY CALLS FROM GOING OUT.
  1. Damaged facilities should be reported to Campus Safety.
  2. If the building fire alarm is sounded, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  3. Do not use elevators.
  4. Once outside, move to the evacuation site designated for the building (see map on back of this packet). Stay clear of over head power lines or other structures that may fall. Keep fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency crews and equipment.
  5. Be cooperative and follow the instructions of emergency personnel. Do not leave the evacuation site until instructed to do so.
  6. Do not return to an evacuated building until instructed to do so. Please refer to the BUILDING EVACUATION instructions.
  7. Should you become trapped in a building:
    1. If a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews.
    2. If there is no window, tap on the wall at regular intervals to alert emergency crews.

C. PREPARATION FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

  1. Keep at least a seven-day supply of prescription medicine, sturdy shoes, and a flashlight readily available.
  2. If you have a vehicle, keep non-perishable food, water, and a blanket in the vehicle.