Before The Quake
Plan ahead!! Earthquakes give no obvious warning before they occur. Locate potential safe areas: under a desk, inside doorways, and in halls are structurally safe locations. Stay away from windows, unsecured bookshelves, and file cabinets.
Know the location of fire extinguishers and first aid kits; know how to use them. For fire extinguisher training, contact the EH&S Office at ext. 8704 or (626) 914-8704.
Plan your immediate action with co-workers in the event that shaking starts.
During The Quake
Drop!! Move away from possible falling objects: books, small office equipment, knickknacks, unsecured bookshelves, and file cabinets.
Cover!! Tables and desks provide protection from falling objects and glass. Hallways are structurally more secure than open office areas and will have less flying debris.
Hold!! In a violent quake, things will be moving. Get on the floor; hold on to your desk or chair. Remain calm and ride out the shaker.
Outdoors, move away from buildings, utility poles, trees, and other structures if you can.
After The Quake
Make sure you and those around you are safe. Assess your immediate conditions.
Be prepared for aftershocks. Evacuate structures only after a safe exit route has been explored.
Watch out for broken glass, exposed electrical wiring and potential falling lighting and other ceiling fixtures.
Assist the injured and those with disabilities to safely exit the building. If they are unconscious or you are unable to assist, report their condition and location to Emergency Responders. Make every effort to account for the location and status of people in your immediate area, your building Emergency Information Officer (EIO) or members of the Crisis Action Team (CAT). The phones may be out; use wireless communication systems, cellular phones -- if necessary assign messengers/runners.
Listen for additional information. The Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) for Los Angeles County is the AM frequencies: KFI 640, KNX 1070.