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Emergency Procedures & Preparation



DUCK or drop to the floor. Take COVER under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture. If that is not possible, seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors or tall furniture. If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on and be prepared to move. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS TO EVACUATE THE BUILDING.

Check for Injuries

When the shaking stops, check yourself, your students and co-workers for injuries. Render first aid if possible. You should consider having a first aid kit, flashlight, and good walking shoes available at a moment's notice. You should ensure the injured are helped from the building to assembly points. Remember to enlist students and co-workers in helping others. If you are unable to evacuate the injured, note their location and notify Fresno State Police Department at 559.278.8400 or 911 from a campus phone.

Evacuate Safely: Note for Faculty

In a classroom setting, faculty are responsible for evacuating all students immediately and safely. Instruct students to leave by the nearest exit or as advised by emergency personnel. If emergency personnel are not present and the circumstances dictate an evacuation, faculty should take charge of their own class and proceed with the appropriate type of evacuation. Familiarize yourself with the exits of the buildings in which you teach and the campus evacuation plan. Know when you use Assembly Point Evacuation or Immediate Danger Evacuation. Know the location of the nearest assembly points.

In an Emergency

Call Fresno State Police Department

  • 559.278.8400
  • 911 from a campus phone

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