During an earthquake

If indoors:

  •     Stay indoors. Most injuries occur from falling debris while trying to evacuate.
  •     Take cover under a table, bench or desk, and hold on or go to an interior wall or hallway.
  •     Keep clear of windows that may break and furniture or large objects that could fall over.
  •     If an evacuation is necessary; the fire alarm systems will be activated.
  •     Be careful and alert to falling objects or debris.


 If you hear the fire alarm:

  • Do not attempt to evacuate until the shaking has stopped
  • Gather your personal belongings: keys, purse, medication and any available emergency supplies. Once evacuated you may not be allowed to re-enter the building.
  • Use the emergency stairwell.
  • Be alert to falling objects and debris.
  • Report injured or trapped people and/or any signs of structural damage you observe to security or emergency responders.

If in an elevator:

  • You are probably better protected than most people – the elevator will not fall down the shaft, and nothing heavy can fall on you.
  • If the power fails, the elevators will stop, and the lights will go off. Remain calm. Use the emergency phone in the elevator or push the alarm button to report your situation to University Police. University Police will respond to your call as quickly as possible.
  • Don't attempt to rescue trapped people or to escape from an elevator.

If outdoors:

  • Stay outdoors.
  • Move to an open area away from trees, buildings, utility poles and signs.
  • If in your vehicle, carefully pull over keeping away from overhead objects such as trees, buildings, utility poles, signs, and overpasses.
  • Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.


  • If an evacuation is necessary, the fire alarm system will be activated.
  • Do not call University Police or 911 for information.
  • Only use your phone for emergencies, to report injured or trapped people or to report signs of structural damage.
  • Using your phone during the first 15-30 minutes after a significant emergency will contribute to overloading the phone system with calls and may delay emergency assistance to those who need it most.


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Michael Caraballo
Emergency Management Director
Phone: (518) 564-4950
Fax: (518) 564-7986