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Earthquake

What happens to Cal Poly Pomona during this time?

  • During an earthquake drill, two students practice drop, cover and hold on.

    In the event of a major earthquake, key personnel designated by the university’s Emergency Management Division will provide a basis for the conduct and coordination of emergency operations and the management of critical resources during emergencies.
  • Plans have been made for all essential university functions to continue on a temporary basis. Personnel and facilities are designated to carry on operations on a limited basis. Alternate office facilities will be established, if necessary.
  • Facilities Management and Campus Police, in coordination with the Environmental Health & Safety Department, will determine what buildings should be evacuated, what hazardous areas are to be avoided and what the safest routes of egress are from the buildings and campus. Any decision to evacuate will be made as soon as possible and activated by the use of available fire alarms, telephones or personal contact by designated key personnel or campus police.

What are the biggest dangers?

  • Falling objects: pictures, contents of cupboards and shelves, ceiling tiles and light fixtures. Furniture, filing cabinets and bookshelves may also tip over.
  • Swinging doors and broken windows.
  • Possible fires from broken natural gas lines, electrical short circuits or other utility failures.
  • Spills or leaking containers containing radioactive or other hazardous materials.

During an earthquake

  • Take cover under a desk or table. PROTECT YOUR HEAD AND NECK.
  • Stay away from windows and objects that could fall on you.
  • If indoors, stay where you are. DO NOT RUN OUTSIDE. Falling debris may cause injury.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
  • If outdoors, stay in an open area. DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING.

An illustration shows how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during an earthquake.

Practice: DROP, COVER & HOLD

What if you are in an elevator?

  • If you are in an elevator, you are probably better protected than most people. The elevator will not fall down the shaft and nothing heavy can fall on you.
  • If the power fails, the elevators will stop, and the lights will go off. Most elevators are equipped with emergency telephones inside the elevator car. All you need to do is open the phone door and speak calmly into the speaker. University Police will respond as quickly as possible and advise you how rescue will occur. During rescue, take directions from emergency personnel.

After the earthquake

  • Be prepared for aftershocks. If evacuated, do not return to your office unless instructed to do so by emergency personnel. Building evacuation is not immediate. You may be safer inside. Evacuate only if directed to do so by emergency personnel or if a building alarm has been activated.
  • Cal Poly Pomona has specially trained personnel to conduct search and rescue operations. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE ANY VICTIMS unless directed to do so by emergency personnel.
  • When you have returned to your area, replace telephone handsets that have been shaken off. DO NOT TRY TO USE THE TELEPHONES except to report fires or medical emergencies. Even if they do still work, they will be needed for emergency communications. Your emergency personnel will keep you informed of what has happened and what you should do.
  • Utilize battery-operated radios or TVs to learn about what has happened.

Related Links

Emergencies

  • Dial 911 on a campus phone
  • Dial (909) 869-3070 from a mobile device
  • Blue Light Emergency Phones on campus connect with University Police

University Police

  • (909) 869-3070

Counseling Services

  • (909) 869-3220
  • After hours: (909) 869-3220, then press option 2

Student Health Services

  • (909) 869-4000
  • After hours nurse hotline: (855) 868-4945

Emergency Hotline

  • (866) 869-7659 or (866) 869-POLY

Environmental Health & Safety

  • (909) 869-4697

Facilities Management

  • (909) 869-3030