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Illinois State University lies approximately 250 miles north of the nearest point of the New Madrid Fault. Some damage and injuries are possible should a major earthquake occur. As with all possible emergencies or disasters the University needs to be prepared to handle the situation before, during, and after the incident occurs.

Preparation For Earthquakes

  1. Know the location of all possible exits from the area.
  2. Identify the locations of safe areas within the rooms you are occupying.
  3. Identify the hazards that are within your area. Some of the items that need to be identified are: areas with large amounts of glass, objects on shelves, overhead items, wall hanging items, etc.
  4. Review the following procedures to follow during and after an earthquake.
  5. Know the procedures for your department/building.

Procedures During An Earthquake

  1. Remain calm and avoid upsetting others by shouting or running about.
  2. If indoors, stay there temporarily. Take immediate cover under a desk, table, bench or doorway (one within a supporting wall). Stay away from any windows. Stay clear of bookcases, cabinets, and fireplaces. Protect yourself from objects that can fall on you or items which might shatter. In particular protect your head. When shaking stops and there appears to be excessive damage in or to the building, cautiously leave.
    • Do not rush for stairways as they are likely to be jammed. Do not use the elevators.
    • Do not be surprised if the electricity goes out or if the fire alarm sounds.
  3. If outdoors, stay there. Get into an open area away from buildings, walls, or fences. Stay away from any overhead items that might fall on you, such as power lines, and trees.
    • Do not go into buildings after the quake unless they have been surveyed and determined to be safe.

Procedures After An Earthquake

  1. Check for injuries. Give first aid, if necessary. Report injuries to the ISU Police Department at 438-8361.
  2. Check for major damage, gas leaks, or other serious problems and report these as well. Reports should be orderly. Follow your department's reporting protocol as outlined in its emergency plan. If that is not possible then call the ISU Police Department at 438-8361.
  3. If the building you are in appears to have sustained quite a bit of damage, or if you are told to do so, please evacuate the building in an orderly fashion after the shocks have subsided. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. Take appropriate clothing, you may be outside for some time. Proceed to a safe area outdoors. DO NOT return to a building until it is determined to be safe to do so by personnel from the Facilities Management Department.
    • Instructors should take roll to determine if all personnel are present.
  4. If phones are working, only use them in case of emergency. Do Not Use the phones for information or contacting relatives. Leave the phones open for serious or emergency calls.
  5. Do not touch power lines, electrical wiring, or objects in contact with them.
  6. Avoid damaged areas and keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.
  7. Listen to the radio and the University's Emergency Radio System for information regarding the earthquake.
  8. Cooperate with police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and university personnel engaged in rescue, repair, or coordination work.
  9. Remain calm and help others. Be prepared for aftershocks; additional damage could occur.
  10. If major damage occurs, the University will establish an Emergency Operation Center (EOC). From the EOC the University will disseminate information on shelter, food, water and other emergency measures.

Dept/Area/Building Preparation

The major goal for preparing for earthquakes is to ensure that each department/area knows its responsibilities and has made plans to carry out those responsibilities. Contact Environmental Health and Safety for details for your department/area or for additional information on other procedures and responsibilities.

2017-09-13T14:58:48.012-05:00 2017