“This is a wakeup call because we all can get so complacent about earthquake preparedness. The university has a campus emergency plan with hundreds of volunteers located across campus, and this is the perfect opportunity for people to be reminded about it,” says Debbi McFall, emergency services coordinator. “It is also a great opportunity to encourage people to update their own earthquake kits or create them if they haven’t already done so. Emergency preparedness is everyone’s business.”
The earthquake, which was centered in Pico Rivera, occurred at 4:04 a.m. and did not cause any damages or injuries at the university.
In the event of an emergency, the university will provide critical information through a variety of sources such as building marshals, PolyCentric, electronic marquees and the Safety Alert System, which simultaneously calls office and personal phones, sends emails and delivers text messages. The contact information you provide on BroncoDirect is used by the Safety Alert System and should be updated regularly. The university conducts tests of the system every quarter, and the most recent test was on Feb. 18.
During an earthquake, people should duck, cover and hold. Take cover underneath a desk or table, protecting the head and neck and staying away from windows and objects that could fall. After the shaking stops, do not evacuate the building unless directed by a campus building marshal or emergency personnel. For more information about emergency procedures, visit www.cpp.edu/~ehs/ftp/Emerg_Proc_%20Man1.pdf.
For more information about emergency procedures, visit www.dsa.cpp.edu/police/emergservices.asp. For more information on emergency communication, visit www.cpp.edu/~publicaffairs/emergency. To report an emergency, dial 911 from a campus phone or call University Police at (909) 869-3070.