During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  • If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.
  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized. Know your assembly points.
  • If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from structures, power lines, and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, call 911. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Damaged facilities should be reported to Physical Plant at ext. 52254 or (603) 535-2254 or 911.
  • If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm.
  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Do not use the elevators. They may have been damages in the quake.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.

Safety and Prevention Tips

At Home Tip #5

Record the serial numbers of valuable objects you have in your room, home or office. Engrave such objects with your name or driver’s license number.