Earthquakes


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.