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Emergency Preparedness

  • Determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life and call 911 or Campus Safety at (951) 639-5188. 
  • Activate the fire alarm. If there are no fire alarms, knock on doors and yell “FIRE” as you exit the building.
  • Call 911 if possible.
  • Feel doors with the back of your hand before opening. DO NOT open if doors are hot.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • If time, conditions and safety permit, take your personal belongings with you.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • If clothing catches fire, STOP...DROP...ROLL.
  • Once outside, move away from the building and to a designated Emergency Assembly Point.
  • DO NOT re-enter buildings until instructed to do so.
If someone requires immediate medical attention:
  • Call or have someone else call 911 or Campus Safety (951) 639-5188 right away.
  • Provide first aid and medical assistance as necessary, if trained.
  • Follow instructions of the Emergency Dispatcher. DO NOT hang up until the Dispatcher ends the call.
  • DO NOT move the victim, unless they are in immediate danger.
  • If the victim is conscious, try to comfort him/her and obtain medical information (medical problems, medications, etc.). Any medical information will assist medical personnel if the victim loses consciousness.

Suspicious Person

  • DO NOT physically confront the person.
  • DO NOT let anyone into a locked building/office.
  • DO NOT block the person's access to an exit.
  • Call 911 or (951) 639-5188. Provide as much information as possible about the person and his or her direction of travel.

Suspicious Package

  • DO NOT handle or touch the suspicious item/package.
  • DO NOT use a cell phone, radio or other transmitter.
  • Persons should be evacuated from around the item.
  • Retreat to a safe location and call Campus Safety at (951) 639-5188.
  • Be prepared to evacuate and take your personal belongings with you.
  • It is important that employees and students are always cognizant and do not leave brief cases, backpacks, handbags, etc., unattended. These items could be construed as suspicious and cause undue time, energy and expense to determine that the item is “safe.” They may be destroyed.
  • Call 911 or Campus Safety at (951) 639-5188.
  • DO NOT use cellular phones or two-way radios.
  • DO NOT activate the fire alarm system to evacuate.
  • Shelter in place or evacuate the building as directed.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until cleared by authorized personnel.
  • Untrained persons should not try to rescue people.


  • If you are indoors, DROP to the floor. Stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
  • COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture.
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn't a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Don’t use a doorway except if you know that it’s a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway and it’s close to you. Many inside doorways are lightly constructed and don’t offer protection.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • If you are outdoors, stay there. Move away from buildings, overhangs, trees and power lines to a clear area such as a large open public area or field.
  • If you are in a moving vehicle, stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings or trees.

After the Earthquake

  • Exit the building when safety permits and move to the designated Emergency Assembly Point.
  • Use emergency exit route information posted throughout the building to determine the quickest route out.
  • Expect aftershocks.
  • Only use the telephone for emergency calls.
  • Be aware that utilities such as gas, power and water lines may be damaged. If you know of damaged utilities, report the issue.
  • Wait for instructions from wardens, officials and police.
  • Move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location (up wind if possible).
  • Call 911.
  • Follow instructions of Emergency Personnel.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Notify Emergency Personnel if you have been exposed to the hazard or have information about its release.
  • Remain Calm.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs, if the emergency power is operating.
  • Provide assistance to others.