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In the event of an earthquake, it is important to remain calm and follow the steps outlined below.

During an earthquake:

If you are indoors

  1. Seek protection in a doorway or under a desk, table, or counter.
  2. Cover yourself and stay inside until the shaking is over.
  3. Stay away from glass windows, glass partitions, mirrors, shelves, electrical appliances, and heavy equipment.
  4. Watch for falling objects.
  5. Tuck your head to your knees and cover your head with your arms.
  6. Evacuate the building only after debris has stopped falling.

If you are outdoors

  1. Move quickly to an open area away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures.
  2. Avoid all power or utility lines.
  3. Watch for fallen streetlights and trees.
  4. Watch for flying glass.

If you are in an vehicle

  1. Stop in the safest place available, preferably an open area away from power lines and trees.
  2. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.

After the initial shock:

  1. Evaluate the situation and immediately notify University Police (859-572-7777) or by dialing 911 if emergency services are needed. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks. Damaged facilities should be reported immediately to University Police and Physical Plant. NOTE: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to the section on utility failures.
  2. If a fire exists, activate the building fire alarm, evacuate the building, and offer assistance to persons with a mobility impairment (see Evacuation Procedures).
  3. Do not use the telephone, except for emergency calls.
  4. Do not use matches or other open flames until you are certain there are no dangerous fumes present.
  5. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger.
  6. Open doors carefully.
  7. Watch for falling objects.
  8. Expect aftershocks.