University of Kentucky
EARTHQUAKE SAFETY GUIDE
EARTHQUAKE, READY... or NOT?
These guidelines were prepared by the University of Kentucky, Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Marshal's Office to better increase your preparedness in case of an EARTHQUAKE.
BEFORE THE QUAKE
DURING THE QUAKE
- Know the building, it's exits, and possible evacuation routes.
- Read and become familiar with the University's emergency information policies.
- In the event of an earthquake, follow the emergency procedures developed for your specific work situation.
- Make a plan so you will know what to do, keep a list of important phone numbers for family members, emergencies, etc..
- Put together an emergency kit for severe weather.
- Conduct practice drills.
- Don't panic! Don't run outdoors.
- Seek shelter immediately.
- Stay under cover until the shaking stops.
- Be alert for after shocks.
- Seek shelter immediately under a desk/table, against an inside wall or in a doorway.
- Get at least 15 feet away from windows.
- Stay under cover until the shaking stops. If the shaking causes the desk/table to move, move with it.
- Don't be surprised if the electric goes off, fire alarms sound or if the sprinklers are discharged. Expect to hear noise from breaking glass and falling objects.
In a car
- Move to an open area.
- Stay away from buildings, walls, utility poles and trees.
AFTER THE QUAKE
- Stay in your vehicle. Stop carefully away from bridges and overpasses.
- Stay calm.
- Remain in the same position for several minutes after quakes in case of aftershock.
- Assess the situation: Check for injuries and damage. Do not attempt to leave the area, unless absolutely necessary or instructed by proper authorities. If evacuation is necessary, take your emergency kit, assist others as needed in the evacuation.
- If you are off campus, listen to media announcements and check with the emergency hotlines for campus.
- Establish a temporary shelter if rescue teams are expected to be delayed.
- When instructed to evacuate, use the stairways, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS!
- It may be helpful to prepare kits for your home, car and for work including the following:
- AM Radio
- First Aid Supplies
- Important phone numbers: your emergency contact, University of Kentucky emergency numbers, department emergency numbers, family numbers.
- Extra Blankets and clothing may be needed to keep warm.
- University of Kentucky Emergency Number: 911
- University of Kentucky Environmental Health and Safety: 257-3241
- University of Kentucky Fire Marshal: 257-6326
- University of Kentucky Police : 257-1616
Information obtained from: Federal Emergency Management Association Kentucky Disaster and Emergency Services