Earthquake Response Plan

  1. During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below.
  2. If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment. IF INDOORS DURING AN EARTHQUAKE EXIT THE BUILDING ONLY AFTER THE SHAKING HAS STOPPED.
  3. If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.
  4. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably an open area away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  5. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and, if emergency assistance is necessary, call the call the University Police Department at extension 4357 (HELP) or 256.765.4357, and the Building Coordinator. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for after-shocks.
  6. Damaged facilities should be reported to the University Police Department and the Building Coordinator. Note: Gas leaks and power failure create special hazards. Please refer to the sections on UTILITY FAILURE.
  7. ASSIST THE DISABLED IN EVACUATING THE BUILDING. Remember that elevators are reserved for disabled persons' use only. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE OR EARTHQUAKE.
  8. Once outside, move to a clear area away from the affected building(s). Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  9. If requested, assist the University Police Department and/or the Building Coordinator.
  10. Buildings will be equipped with emergency response kits which will include flashlights, radios, first aid supplies, etc.
  11. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless directed to do so by the University Police Department or the Building Coordinator.
  12. STAY CALM. All emergency response efforts will require clear thinking and cooperation from all member of the campus community.
  13. Refer to the emergency procedures specific to your building.

For emergencies dial (911) or (4357) on any campus phone.