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Santa Monica College|Student Services|Emergency Preparedness|Earthquake Information

Earthquake Information

  1. DROP to the ground.
  2. Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk/table or crouching down close to a wall. Remember to cover your head and stay clear of falling objects.
  3. HOLD ON until the "shaking" stops (2 to 5 minutes).
  4. If outside, stay clear of falling objects. 
  • If indoors, stay there.  Get under a desk or table and hold on, or stand in a corner. Do not go in a doorway. Protect your head, neck, and face.
  • If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking is over.
  • If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a desk or table and hold on. Do not attempt to use elevators.
  • If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Move away from windows and shelves containing objects that could fall.
  • After the shaking subsides, turn off computers; unplug electrical equipment; replace telephone handsets; go outdoors; and stay clear of buildings, walls, power lines, and trees.
  • Follow the procedures in this manual for Fire, Hazardous Materials, and Serious Injuries as necessary.
  • Identify and assist the injured.
  • Keep phone lines clear except when necessary to report serious hazards or injuries.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by College Police or public agency personnel.
  • It is possible that roads will be blocked and impassable. Be prepared to stay where you are for a few hours or for several days depending upon your location.