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Earthquake

In the event of an earthquake:

  • If indoors, seek refuge under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.

  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.

  • If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for shelter it offers.

  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary call the IUPD at extension 363 and Physical Plant at extension 273.

  • If an emergency exists, activate the fire alarm and contact IUPD.

  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.

  • Protect all money by locking registers and safes. Lock all areas that have money.

  • Assist the disabled in exiting the building if possible, otherwise take note of their location and notify IUPD or responding emergency personnel of their location.

  • Do not use the elevators and do not panic.

  • Damaged facilities should be reported to the IUPD and Physical Plant.

  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected buildings(s). Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.

  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a university official.

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