Before the Earthquake
Plan ahead - Earthquakes give no obvious warning before they occur. Locate potential safe areas: under a desk, inside doorways, and in halls are structurally safe locations. Stay away from windows, unsecured bookshelves, and file cabinets.
Know the location of fire extinguishers and first aid kits and how to use them. For fire extinguisher training, contact the environmental, health and safety office at (626) 914-8704.
During the Earthquake
Duck - Move away from possible falling objects: books, small office equipment, knick-knacks, unsecured bookshelves, and file cabinets.
Cover - Tables and desks provide protection from falling objects and glass. Hallways are structurally more secure than open office areas and will have less flying debris. Doorways also provide good structural support but watch out for swinging doors on fingers.
Hold - In a violent earthquake, things will be moving. Get on the floor; hold onto your desk. Brace yourself in a hallway or doorway. Remain calm and ride out the shaker.
Outdoors - Move away from buildings, utility poles, trees, and other structures if you can.
After the Earthquake
Make sure you and those around you are safe. Assess your immediate conditions.
Be prepared for aftershocks. Evacuate structures only after a safe exit route has been explored. Watch out for broken glass, exposed electrical wiring and potential falling lighting and other ceiling fixtures.
Assist the injured and those with disabilities to exit the building safely. If they are unconscious or you are unable to assist, report their condition and location to emergency responders. Make every effort to account for the location and status of people in your immediate area to members of the emergency information team. The phones may be out; use wireless communication systems or cell phones. If necessary, assign messengers/runners.
Listen for additional information. The emergency broadcast system (EBS) for Los Angeles County can be found on AM frequencies KFI 640, KNX 1070, KWKW 1300Kh.