Earthquake

Earthquakes

TIPS TO HELP PREPARE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE:

  • Look around your area and decide where the safe spots are: under sturdy tables, desks, or against inside walls.
  • Determine where the danger areas are: near windows, hanging objects, tall unsecured furniture (bookcases, cabinets, and appliances), and chemical sites.
    Most casualties in earthquakes result from falling materials.
  • Store flammable and hazardous chemicals in proper cabinets.
  • Keep breakables and heavy objects on lower shelves whenever possible.
  • Make sure latches on cabinets, process tanks, storage tanks, and closets are secured.

DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:

  • DO NOT stand in a doorway – it offers no greater protection.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • If you are outside, move away from structures, power poles, or other possible hazards. Stay in an open area. During the shaking, do not run for exits or attempt to leave the building because heavy objects or debris may be falling.

 

AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE:

  • When the shaking stops, check for injuries to personnel in your area. DO NOT attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger. Render first aid.
  • Check the area for safety hazards. Begin evacuation procedures.
  • Exit the building and go to the area designated by UIC Police.
  • Report injuries, damage, and potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
    • Earthquakes sometimes occur in a series of tremors, which could last for a period of several days.
    • Aftershocks, or even a series of aftershocks, are common after earthquakes and may last for a few seconds to perhaps as long as five minutes or more.
  • DO NOT reenter damaged buildings. Aftershocks could knock them down.
  • Be alert for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring, downed electrical lines, or ruptured sewer lines. Whenever possible, turn the utility off at the source.