Earthquake Preparedness



Before the Earthquake

  • Become familiar with the space you occupy and develop a disaster plan before the drill. Decide how you will communicate with coworkers, your peers, or family members in the event of an earthquake.
  • Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
  • Build a kit and organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
  • If at home, you may minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property from possible damages, and considering insurance.

Drawing of a family discussing their emergency plan at a dining table 

Drawing of two people securing a bookshelf and water heater to prevent them from falling in an earthquake

 Drawing of a parent and child organizing disaster supplies in a backpack and a larger container

During the Earthquake

  • DROP, LOCK, COVER, and HOLD ON when the earth shakes.

 Drawing of a family protecting themselves during an earthquake, under a table and in a wheelchair

After the Earthquake

  • Improve your safety by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damages. Check for structural damage, fires, and gas leaks.
  • After the immediate threat has passed, determine your level of preparedness, and adjust your emergency plan as necessary.

Drawing of people after a quake cleaning up debris, helping the injured, and moving to high ground in case of tsunami.

 Tips - What Do I Need to Do?

 When on campus



When at home


When in Bed (University Housing Services)


When in using a wheelchair or walker (Disability Resource Center)

Safety Alert Messaging

  • Ensure that you receive up-to-date safety alert information by updating your personal information in BroncoDirect.
  • Faculty and staff should ensure their information is updated in the Emergency Notification System by logging into the Safety Alert website or call the IT Help Desk at (909) 869-6776.