In such an emergency, extensive personal injury and property damage
will overload the Campus Emergency Response Plan and, at least during
the first few hours (the most critical), the available resources will
not meet the need. Within a short time, the Regional and State Emergency
Response Plans will go into effect, providing additional resources.
The College should be ready to use its own resources during the first
critical hours to protect life, to protect property and the environment,
and to restore services.
During an Earthquake
Stay calm, try to keep others
If indoors, stay indoors;
avoid falling debris; move away from experimental setups and glass
windows. Crouch under a desk, stand in an inside doorway (beware
of swinging doors) or the corner of the room.
If outdoors or in a car,
move to an open space.
Immediately After an Earthquake: Evacuation
Because of the complexity of the Chemistry buildings, it is impractical
to assign evacuation routes. Plan your evacuation routes before it
becomes necessary, be familiar with them, and always have alternate
routes in mind. As a rule, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. Persons who are
unable to walk should be carried. Keep a safe distance from the buildings.
In the event of a major catastrophe, all personnel should assemble
in the open area west of Evans Hall (see Appendix I
of the "Who Does It! Where To Find It! How To Do It Safely!" for location)
after the evacuation to check in and report missing or injured persons.
After an Earthquake:
Room BG2 Giauque Hall is used to store emergency supplies such as
shovels, masks, self-contained breathing apparatus, a gasoline-driven
pump, some first aid supplies, and a chemical spill cart containing
spill pillows, absorbent, and other equipment necessary for cleanup
of chemical spills. College Emergency Action Directors, Safety Monitors
and Physical Plant personnel have access to the College Emergency
cache (BG2 Giauque Hall). Room 191 Tan (on the north side of the building)
will also be outfitted with similar catastrophic emergency supplies.
- Do not use any flames or electrical switches.
(If a gas leak exists, any flame or spark could cause explosions.)
- Assess the situation in your vicinity;
help others if possible.
- Summon help if possible (call 9-911), but
refer to the next section of this appendix on "Post Disaster Telephone
- If necessary to use stretchers to evacuate
injured persons, they can be fabricated using blankets wrapped around
poles. Fire blankets are available in undergraduate laboratories
and in the College emergency supply cache, Room BG2 Giauque Hall.
- Evacuate to the College evacuation center
(open area west of Evans Hall) as soon as possible.DO
NOT USE ELEVATORS; INSPECT STAIRWAYS BEFORE USING THEM.
- Transport injured to Tang Center.
- Take head count; consult with others for
- If telephone lines are out of order, dispatch
persons to Campus Police, 1 Sproul, and ask for assistance.
- Enter the emergency supply room and use
the supplies to rescue people if necessary. (All safety monitors
have keys for this room.)
- If the catastrophe occurs:
- during regular work hours, the College
Emergency Action Directors will organize rescue and fire fighting
units and will isolate utilities.
- during other than regular hours, some of
the Emergency Action Directors or Safety Monitors may reach
the evacuation center within a few hours; during this time,
stay calm, try to summon help from the police or local medical
centers. Post-Disaster Telephone Tips
Here are some things you should know about how our
local (Bay Area) telephone systems will work after a major regional
disaster like an earthquake: General Information:
the telephone system will automatically shut down
cell phone systems may also:
become overloaded have initial trouble
with alignment of transceivers and antennae
long distance lines will become
operational before local lines
pay phones will become operational
before private phones
calls are more likely to go through
between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
calling cards will not work
the way our local phone system
it automatically continues to check every open
line it will eventually get to you, if you are patient
- designate an out-of-state contact prior
to the disaster
- keep your out-of-state contact's phone
number in your wallet
- hang up the phone before evacuating your
home or office
- keep a roll of quarters in your emergency
- be patient and be ready to dial when you
get a dial tone Don't:
- use the telephone unless it is absolutely
- use campus emergency phones unless it is
- hang up if you don't get a dial tone immediately
Additional Information Sources
If you are interested in learning more about how to prepare for
emergencies, contact your local American Red Cross chapter, or write
to: FEMA, PO Box 2012, Jessup, MD 20794-2012 and ask for any of
the following publications:
Checklist (L-154) Item #8-0872 ARC 4471
Your Family Disaster Supplies
Kit (L-189) Item #8-0941 ARC 4463
Your Family Disaster Plan
(L-191) Item #8-0954 ARC 4466
Are You Ready? Your Guide
to Disaster Preparedness (H-34) Item #8-0908
Publications (L-164) Item #8-0822
Pacific Bell White Pages Customer
Guide, First Aid and Survival Guide. This section of the phone
book contains valuable information including a first aid treatment
guide, information on evaluating your home for earthquake hazards,
and some procedures to follow after a catastrophic earthquake.