OPB Oregon Megaquake information
If you feel an earthquake:
- Protect yourself (Drop, Cover and Hold-on). Evacuate the building as soon as you deem it safe.
- Stay away from glass
- Do not use a doorway unless you know it is a load-bearing doorway
- Do not exit the building while shaking is going on. Falling debris can kill you
- Do not use elevators
- Do not pull fire alarm
- If outside during the shaking, move away from buildings or other objects that could fall
- Bring only items you can easily grab, including backpacks especially packed with emergency gear, coat, hat, phone, essentials (e.g. handbag).
- Do not re-enter a building until it has been seismically inspected
- Expect aftershocks and more building damage to occur
- Extinguish small fires
- Follow OSU guidance for follow-on activities.
- Secure, or ask Facility Operations (WCC 737-2969) to secure, items in your office or work area that would be a hazard in an earthquake (e.g. bookcases, water coolers, etc..)
- Identify safe spots in each room to Drop, Cover, and Hold
- Participate in earthquake drills
- Conduct off-site data backup of essential information
Preparation tips for workplace emergency evacuation:
- Think through your evacuation scenario from different parts of the campus or your commute and be familiar with the tsunami evacuation route map
- Frequently review the earthquake Emergency Action Plan and the DO NOTs noted
- Have a backpack ready with emergency gear; see www.redcross.org for details. Routinely store (if practical) your coat, hat, phone, and essentials (e.g. handbag) where they can be accessed easily.
- Be prepared, but also be mentally prepared to leave everything behind if not readily accessible. Timely evacuation is a higher priority than emergency supplies or personal items.
- Prepare a communication plan for your family. Keep in mind that your home may not be structurally sound.
- Preprogram essential phone numbers and alerts into cell phones and other devices
- Develop a habit of noting your whereabouts outside your door (e.g. gone for the day; on leave until Thursday). This will prevent others from looking for you unnecessarily.
- Staff members are encouraged to communicate with individuals along their hallway or section of the building. Self-designated ‘work neighborhoods’ may be formed on a voluntary basis (e.g. west wing, east wing).
- Meet with your ‘neighbors’ to talk through evacuation. Focus especially on the first few minutes after the shaking stops.
- Some topics to discuss are checking on neighbors, grabbing gear for neighbors if they are not in their offices; drilling as a group; designating a meeting spot; what to do about injured/trapped coworkers; recording your whereabouts regularly outside your door; keeping contact #’s for the group in your backpack.
- Respect, but note, individuals’ wishes (e.g. to opt out of the group, or to meet up with family members instead)
- Impress upon your staff that regardless of how slight the shaking might seem, they are expected to evacuate when it is safe to do so in case of any earthquake.
- Brief visitors including students and others working at [College/School/Department name]
- Encourage staff to consider evacuation routes when planning and implementing field research.
- Be prepared to contact staff in the event of a tsunami or other evacuation in the absence of warning signs (e.g. shaking).
- Remember you have 15 min or less to reach a tsunami assembly area.
- DO NOT go back to your office or spend time packing; grab your emergency gear ONLY if it is handy. Evacuate to higher ground immediately.
- DO NOT wait for an official warning. Evacuate even if the shaking is slight.
- DO NOT re-enter buildings. You will not have time, and they may be unstable.
- DO NOT return to the campus until an “all clear” from local officials has been issued; beware of unfounded rumors of an all-clear.