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In the event of an earthquake:

  1. During the shaking, DROP – COVER – HOLD. Protect yourself by dropping to the floor and taking cover under a desk, sturdy table or other piece of furniture, and hold on to whatever you are under. If taking cover under a sturdy piece of furniture is not possible, get into a corner and, facing out, bring your knees and hands up to protect yourself. Stay away (and face away) from windows (do not stand in a doorway because you are more exposed to flying debris). Stay away from anything that can shatter or fall on you (light fixtures, bookshelves, etc.). If possible, predetermine a safe location in which to take cover prior to an earthquake.
  2. Do not leave cover until the shaking has completely stopped.
  3. After a major shock, Emergency Personnel will direct you when and where to evacuate (a relocation to another internal portion of the building) (normally to the lowest safe floor in the office building). REMEMBER, additional shocks or tremors may occur.
  4. If required to evacuate, proceed to the designated assembly area outside as directed by Emergency Personnel.
  5. If you require assistance to evacuate, remain in your current location and wait for assistance from Emergency Personnel.
  6. If fire occurs, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station as the system may still be functional. Follow the office building’s fire and evacuation procedures.
  7. If you are forced out of the building by a fire or another hazardous event, remain calm. Do not run outdoors. Watch for falling debris and electrical wires when leaving the building.
  8. If qualified, render first aid. If not qualified, assist those rendering or requiring first aid.
  9. Report any missing persons to Emergency Personnel, as they will relay information to building staff and the authorities.
  10. Telephones are to be reserved for emergency use only.

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