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Northwest Missouri State University


Earthquake

During a major earthquake you will experience shaking of the earth or building. This shaking may start out as a gentle rocking motion that grows violent, or may begin as a violent jolt. You will find it difficult to walk during the shaking.

During the Quake

  • Stay where you are, get under a desk or table or stand in a doorway or the corner of the room. Do not seek cover under tables or benches in laboratories. Chemicals could spill and harm you. If possible, extinguish flames or other sources of ignition.
  • If you are outside get into an open area away from buildings, power lines and trees.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop immediately. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking has stopped.

After the Quake

  • Gather your valuables and leave the building quickly. If necessary, provide assistance to those who have been trapped in the building, including those with mobility impairments or those who are trapped by debris.
  • If you know of a person that is injured or cannot be accounted for, or if you know someone is still trapped in the building, call University Police at 660.562.1254 or 911.
  • Check for injuries, but do not move seriously injured people unless the danger in the area is greater than their injuries. Call University Police at 660.562.1254 or 911.
  • Remember, a significant earthquake will affect the entire city and county. You may have to fend for yourself and your fellow student and workers for a period of time. Render whatever aid you can provide, but remember that you are responsible for your personal safety.
  • Use telephones only to report emergencies (i.e., gas leaks, fire, injuries).
  • The Power Plant or other trained individuals should turn off utilities.
  • Never touch downed utility poles or lines. Avoid damaged building equipment.
  • Do not use your vehicle unless there is an emergency. Keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks are usually smaller than the main quake, but they may be strong enough to topple already damaged buildings.