It is important to think about what you will do to protect yourself, wherever you are, when the earth begins to shake. Taking the proper actions, such as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” can save lives and reduce the risk of injury. Everyone should learn and practice what to do during an earthquake wherever they may be, including home, work, school or traveling.
In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:
DROP where you are onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter.
COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.
- If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.
- If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows).
- Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.
HOLD ON until shaking stops.
- Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts.
- No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.
On April 18, the occupants of the CLA Building will conduct an evacuation drill for National Earthquake Preparedness Month. The building marshals and floor captains will assist in evacuating the entire building. The emergency notification systems will be tested and PA system utilized to make announcements throughout the drill.
Ways to prepare for an earthquake:
CPP Emergency Procedures PDF: http://www.cpp.edu/~safety/documents/Emerg_Proc_%20Man1.pdf
Emergency Plan Summary & Self Help Guide: http://www.cpp.edu/~em/EMERGENCY-PLAN-SUMMARY-AND-SELF-HELP-GUIDE.pdf
The Great California Shake Out: https://www.shakeout.org/california/index.html
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Its-Earthquake-Preparedness-Month
Additional emergency preparedness information can also be found on the Emergency Management webpage.
For inquiries and information, contact the Department of Emergency Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-869-4697.