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Inside a Building | Outdoors | After Shaking Stops | What Are the Biggest Dangers?

If a major earthquake were to occur, Clarkson University needs to be prepared to provide its own resources for an unlimited period of time.  It is always a good idea to maintain certain supplies in your room or office.

Inside a Building

  1. Stay inside

  2. Take cover underneath a desk or table or against an inside wall, protecting your head and neck

  3. Stay away from windows where glass can shatter and from objects that could fall on you

  4. Do not use elevators


  1. Stay in an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.  Do not enter building

  2. Drop to your knees and get into a fetal position, close your eyes and cross your arms over the back of your neck for protection

  3. Stay in fetal position until the shaking stops

  4. In a moving vehicle, stop quickly and stay in the vehicle.  Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution.  Avoid bridges or ramps that may have been damaged by the quake

After Shaking Stops

  1. Be prepared to evacuate if instructed to do so.  The decision to evacuate campus will be based on the severity of the earthquake and the damage to the buildings

  2. Do not use regular or cellular phones except to report serious injuries

  3. If personnel are instructed to evacuate, see Evacuation section of this guide

  4. Assist in the building evacuation of people with special needs

  5. Tune portable radios to WSLU 89.5 FM for local updates, and follow instructions given

  6. The Department of Campus Safety & Security will provide instructions for immediate action by means of door-to-door alert, fire alarms, public address system. (if available)

  7. Do not enter any building that is deemed to be or appears unsafe.  Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals

  8. Be prepared for after shocks

  9. Depending on the severity, evacuate the building

10.     Help injured or trapped people.  Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.  Call for help!

What Are the Biggest Dangers?

  • Falling objects (pictures, items in cupboards and on shelves, ceiling tiles and fixtures, furniture, file cabinets, and bookshelves)

  • Swinging doors and broken windows

  • Fires (from broken natural gas lines or electrical short circuits)