It is conceivable that Pacific Oaks College could experience an earthquake that could force displacement of students, faculty and staff. Below is a contingency plan in the event of an earthquake disaster.
To minimize earthquake effects, always maintain an earthquake safe environment. Move heavy objects from high shelves; strap bookcases and cabinets firmly to a wall; and maintain a personal earthquake kit in your car.
- If indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table and hold on, stand in a corner or doorway that does not have doors on it. Protect your head, neck, and face.
- If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.
- If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking is over.
- If in a building with an elevator, do not attempt to use it.
- If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Move away from shelves and windows containing objects that could fall.
- After the shaking subsides, turn off all computers; unplug electrical equipment; replace telephone handsets; go outdoors; and stay clear of buildings, walls, power lines, and trees. Make note of any facility damage and report to an ERT member.
- Report any fire or smell of gas to any emergency personnel.
- Students, faculty, and staff should report to an ERT member so s/he will be able to account for everyone.
- Follow the procedures in this manual for Fire, Hazardous Materials, and Serious Injuries as necessary.
- Identify and assist the injured, however, do not move any seriously injured individual unless absolutely necessary to save a life or to prevent a life threatening event.
- Report any major damage, disruption, or injury to 911 and then report the same to an ERT member.
- Keep landline phones clear except when necessary to report serious hazards or injury.
- Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by an ERT member.
- Be prepared for aftershocks and move cautiously.
- Wear enclosed shoes to avoid injury.
- Make note of individuals who are missing and provide information to emergency personnel.
- Tune a radio to a station broadcasting emergency information. It is possible that roads will be blocked and impassable.
- Be prepared to stay where you are for a few hours or days.