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Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. The majority of earthquake-related injuries result from collapsing walls, flying glass and falling objects.

If indoors:

  1. Stay away from windows.
  2. DO NOT stand in a doorway.
  3. DO NOT use the elevators.
  4. DO NOT run for the exits or attempt to leave the building. Most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location or exit the building.
  5. Protect yourself from falling objects such as light fixtures, books, and shelves.
  6. DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If no tables or desks are near, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  7. In laboratories, extinguish all flames (if possible) before taking cover. Stay clear of areas with large quantities of hazardous materials.

If outside: 

  1. Move away from structures, power lines or other possible hazards.
  2. Lie down or crouch low to the ground (legs will not be steady). 
  3. Keep looking around to be aware of dangers, which may demand immediate movement.

When the shaking stops:

  1. Check for injuries to personnel in your area. DO NOT attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger.
  2. Check the area for safety hazards such as building damage, fires, chemical spills, or gas leaks.
  3. Exit the building and go to your designated assembly area. Stay at least 500 feet away from the affected building or other hazards. Keep streets, fire lanes, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
  4. Take roll and report missing persons, injuries, damages and/or potentially hazardous conditions to building manager or designated point of contact.
  5. Supervisors and designated points of contact should contact the Belmont University Campus Security ext. 6911 or (615) 460-6911 to report any immediate emergencies.
  6. Once you have exited the building, DO NOT re-enter the building until the building has been inspected by trained emergency personnel.
  7. Use the telephone system only for urgent matters.