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 calm.
  • 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 of Buildings
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:

Emergency Supplies
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 Tips".
  • 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 unaccounted personnel.
  • 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 when:

  • accessed by too many callers at once lines are down or cut

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 works:
    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 kit
  • be patient and be ready to dial when you get a dial tone Don't:
  • use the telephone unless it is absolutely necessary
  • use campus emergency phones unless it is an emergency
  • 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:
  • Emergency Preparedness 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
  • Emergency Preparedness 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.