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VII. Earthquake


Earthquakes do not have warning signs so all activity is in response to occurrence. The following procedures are meant to minimize the chance of bodily injury if an earthquake does occur.


When the earthquake begins:


* Stay where you are. Assess the situation. Most injuries occur when people are leaving or entering buildings.


* Keep calm.


* Do not evacuate the building as long as tremors are occurring constantly. When the tremors cease, or several minutes elapse between the shocks, evacuate using the fire plan.


Indoor protection:


* Take cover under desks, tables or other heavy furniture.


* Stand in interior doorway frames or narrow halls.


* Stay away from windows and exterior walls.


* Beware of falling objects like pictures and bookshelves and their contents.


* Do not stand under light fixtures or other suspended objects.


Protection outdoors:


* Move away from buildings.


* Avoid utility poles, overhead wires, and tall trees.


* Do not go to the parking lots where there are numerous heavy light poles.


* Do not forget the danger from brick, masonry chips, and building facades as their movement will seem erratic as they fall because the earth is moving. As soon as conditions permit, assemble in the large athletic field areas which are open and provide the safest retreat for possible aftershocks.


After the earthquake:


* Do not light fires or smoke in the event of leaking gas.


* Do not touch fallen electrical wires. Move away from all electrical wires; if they are energized or re-energized, they may move about in a whip-like fashion.


* Do not enter buildings until they have been checked for structural damage.


Remember that the problems are so varied and unpredictable that absolute plans are impossible. On the spot decisions will be necessary, and close attention and adherence should be given to emergency and police officials.


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