Keep in mind that most earthquakes are of a short duration and that injury usually occurs from falling objects. With that in mind, the following procedures can assist you in the case of an earthquake.

If inside a building:

  • Remain calm.
  • Stay inside the building.
  • Find cover under a sturdy object such as a desk or in a door frame.
  • Watch for falling objects.
  • Stay away from windows and any other objects, which may fall on you.

If you are outside:

  • Go to an open, area free of trees, power lines and away from buildings.
  • Cover your head and watch for falling objects.

After the earthquake is over:

  • Expect aftershocks so remain protected.
  • Remain calm.
  • Follow the instruction of YSU Police and evacuate the building if told to do so.
  • When evacuating, watch for falling objects and walk carefully as the floor or steps may be damaged.
  • Note: Individuals with disabilities may need assistance.
  • Do not move seriously injured persons unless there is danger from fire or building collapse.
  • Do not re-enter the building.
  • Do not light cigarettes, matches, lighters or use cellular phones as this may cause an explosion if natural gas is present in the immediate area.