Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Emergency Preparedness Checklist
University Police Lt. Dan Ponder talks with floor captains at the CLA building after an earthquake on July 28, 2008.

Following last week's earthquake, it is even more important to be prepared for emergencies, ensuring workplace safety and open communication. The campus community is urged to review the following tips and suggestions.

Emergency preparation:

  • Update contact information in Bronco Direct to receive Cal Poly Pomona Safety Alert messages through voice, text/SMS and e-mail. For more information, read the PolyCentric story
  • Get to know your Building Marshal. To see a list of Building Marshals, visit Emergency Services and click on “Principal Building Marshals.” The list is also available in the Cal Poly Pomona Phone Book.    
  • Meet with your Building Marshal or Floor Captain and familiarize yourself with the emergency exit routes and designated safe zones.    
  • Make sure you have a copy of the red and white “Emergency Procedures” flip book and that it is easily accessible.                
  • Secure tall and heavy furniture, such as bookshelves and filing cabinets, to the wall. For assistance, fill out a work order by contacting Facilities Management at (909) 869-3030.                
  • Reorganize bookshelves with heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top.                
  • Items such as decorations and plants can be secured on shelves with adhesive putty, such as 3M Scotch Removable Adhesive Putty, to prevent them from falling during an earthquake.                
  • Make sure any chemicals are kept securely in appropriate storage cabinets.       
  • Visit the Emergency Services web site for more information and www.ready.gov to help in preparing for emergency situations.                

During an emergency:

  • During an earthquake, duck, cover and hold until the building stops shaking. Do not evacuate the building unless instructed by the Building Marshal, Floor Captain or other emergency personnel.   
  • Follow the direction of individuals wearing bright orange vests; they are members of the emergency team.                
  • If the building is evacuated, make sure you take your personal belongings, including purses, laptop computers and car keys.  
  • Immediately following an emergency, cell phone use may not be reliable.  
  • Check PolyCentric, the university home page or call the University Hotline at (866) 869-POLY for news updates. If you have provided your contact information to Bronco Direct, urgent notices will be sent to you via e-mail and phone.                

Emergency Services Coordinator Debbi McFall is available at dsmcfall@cpp.edu or (909) 869-6981 to answer questions about emergency procedures, explain how the Building Marshal program operates and help create an emergency plan.

For more addition information, visit www.dsa.cpp.edu/police/emergservices.asp.