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1. During an Earthquake remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below.
2. IF INDOORS, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.
3. IF OUTDOORS, quickly move away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. CAUTION: Avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.
4. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
5. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and call University Police if emergency help is necessary at:

Campus phone:  ext. 3333
Public phone:  724-738-3333

6. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.
7. Damaged facilities should be reported to the University Police and the SRU Facilities and Planning Department.

Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to the section on Utility Failures. 

8. If a building emergency exists, activate the building alarm. If the alarm fails to go off in the building, report the emergency by telephone to University Police at:

Campus phone:  ext. 3333
Public phone:  724-738-3333

9. ASSIST THE DISABLED IN EXITING THE BUILDING! Remember that elevators are reserved for the handicapped person’s use. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE. DO NOT PANIC.
10.) Once outside, move away from any building as rapidly as possible. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
11.) An Emergency Site Coordination Post (ESCP) may be set up near the location of the emergency. Keep clear of the Coordination Post unless you have official business.
12.) DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by a University Police Officer.

After any evacuation all individuals shall report to the designated building mustering point. A head count will be taken by a designated University representative at that time. All individuals will then be directed to the designated campus assembly point. Stay at the building mustering point until an accurate HEADCOUNT is taken and you are directed to the campus wide mustering point.    

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) has developed an interactive Map of Seismic Events for the World Wide Web. The web page displays seismic activity in near real time and can be reached via