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:
- If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment.
- If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. CAUTION: Always avoid power or utility lines, as they may be energized.
- 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.
- After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and, if emergency help is necessary, call Security & Public Safety at x7777. Be prepared for aftershocks.
- Damaged facilities should be reported to Security & Public Safety at x7777 and Facilities Management at x7730.
- If the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
- Assist the disabled in exiting the building. Do not use elevators in case of fire. Do not panic. Remain calm.
- 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.
- If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
- A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business.
- Do not return to an evacuated building unless instructed to do so by emergency response personnel.