Earthquake Response Procedure

While New York City is usually not associated with earthquake activity, earthquakes have occurred in the metropolitan area. It is believed that earthquakes of up to a magnitude of 6.0-6.5 on the Richter Scale are possible. This, combined with a concentration of high rise buildings, many of which were constructed prior to the implementation of seismic building code guidelines in 1996, make damaging earthquakes a potential threat. During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  1. If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment.
  2. If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. CAUTION: Always avoid power or utility lines, as they may be energized.
  3. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  4. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and, if emergency help is necessary, call Security & Public Safety at x7777. Be prepared for aftershocks.
  5. Damaged facilities should be reported to Security & Public Safety at x7777 and Facilities Management at x7730.
  6. If the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  7. Assist the disabled in exiting the building. Do not use elevators in case of fire. Do not panic. Remain calm.
  8. Once outside, move to a clear area away from the affected building(s). Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear from emergency vehicles and crews.
  9. If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
  10. A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business.
  11. Do not return to an evacuated building unless instructed to do so by emergency response personnel.