Earthquakes


Various TCS campuses are located in a region which is an earthquake zone it is possible that the area may be subject to ground shaking for an earthquake.  It is conceivable that TCS could experience an earthquake that could force displacement of students, faculty and staff.  Below is a contingency plan for programming in the event of an earthquake disaster.

During an Earthquake:

  • Get under a desk, table or other sturdy object and hold on or brace yourself against a wall in the core of the building. Protect your head. REMEMBER: DUCK, COVER & HOLD.
  • Stay away from windows, bookcases, filing cabinets and any objects that may fall or shatter. Do not dash for exits, since stairwells may be damaged. Do not use elevators until they are checked for safety.
  • Do not be surprised if electricity goes off.
  • Do not smoke or use matches or lighters in case of gas leaks.

After an Earthquake:

  • Check for injured and assist. Do not attempt to move a seriously injured person unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Inspect your floor for damage. Check for fires, electrical shorts, gas and water leaks.
  • If you suspect a gas leak DO NOT use matches, cigarette lighters or turn on electricity switches or appliances. If you smell gas contact building security and maintenance.
  • Open doors carefully. Watch for falling objects.
  • Wear shoes and gloves for protection from debris and broken glass.
  • Stay away from windows/glassed areas
  • Replace telephone receivers, so telephones system will work. However, telephones should be used for emergency calls only.
  • Listen to radio for emergency reports.
  • Do not cause panic by spreading rumors regarding the building condition, extent of damage and injuries, etc.
  • Cooperate with public safety officials.
  • BE PREPARED FOR AFTERSHOCKS

If You are Outside of the Building when an Earthquake Occurs:

  • Move away from buildings, utility wires and poles, debris and areas subject to falling glass.
  • If you are unable to reach a clear area, stand in a doorway or archway.
  • If threatened by falling debris, cover your face with one forearm, and the back of your head with the other.
  • The most dangerous place to be is on a sidewalk subject to falling debris such as glass and masonry.