Drop Cover and Hold On


If an earthquake occurs while inside a room or building, DROP, COVER, and HOLD-ON.

• DROP to the ground.

• Take COVER under a sturdy desk/table. If no desks/tables are nearby, crawl away from windows and exterior walls. COVER your head, neck and face. Crouch into a ball to make yourself as small as possible. Do not go in a doorway. Do not run outside.

• HOLD-ON to your desk/table until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your cover.

• After shaking completely stops, turn off computers/electrical equipment if possible. If possible, proceed to designated evacuation area. Use stairs, do not use elevators. Evacuate via nearest safe exit.

• Stay away from buildings, glass, walls, power lines, gas pipes, and trees.

• Be prepared for aftershocks.

• Call 9-1-1 or the College Police at extension 4000 from a campus phone or direct dial 818 409-5911 to report serious injuries and hazards.

• Do not return to the building until advised by emergency personnel.

• If trapped inside a building, knock on solid material to attract attention of the rescue parties. Avoid shouting to prevent inhalation of dust or dangerous particles.

• Remain calm.

If an earthquake occurs while outside a room or building, move to an open area away from buildings, power lines, and/or trees. If driving on or near campus, pull to the side of the roadway, apply your emergency brake, and avoid overpasses or bridges.