Keeping your campus safe and secure during an earthquake with a campus earthquake safety procedure.

It is important to keep your campus safe and secure during an earthquake with a Campus Earthquake Safety procedure. An earthquake is a sudden and violent shaking of the ground as a result of movements within the earth’s crust or volcanic action. When an earthquake threat is identified near campus, remain calm.

What to do on your campus to be safe and secure BEFORE an earthquake:

  • Prepare disaster supply kits for your home, workplace, and vehicle.
  • Know the emergency plans for your campus, including designated evacuation areas.
  • Back up your computer(s) frequently. Store backups at a separate location.
  • Establish an “out-of-area” contact and keep the telephone number handy. This is the person family members will call if you are separated.

What to do on your campus to be safe and secure DURING an earthquake if you are INDOORS:

  • Stay inside.
  • Don’t panic or run.
  • DUCK or DROP to the floor
  • Take COVER under a desk or sturdy table.
  • HOLD onto its legs. If it moves, move with it.
  • If you are in a crowded room do not rush for the exits. Move away from anything that may fall and DROP, COVER and HOLD.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If you are in an elevator, remain calm. Help will arrive.
  • Do not attempt to leave until the shaking stops.

How to stay safe and secure on campus if you are OUTDOORS:

  • Stay outdoors.
  • Move to an open area away from trees, signs, buildings, or utility wires and poles.
  • If you are near a tall building, get into a doorway or lobby to protect yourself from falling building materials and debris.

How to stay safe and secure on campus if you are DRIVING:

  • Pull over to the side of the roadway and stop.
  • Avoid overpasses, power lines, and any other hazards.
  • Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
  • Listen to your radio for emergency instructions.

What to do on your campus to be safe and secure DURING an earthquake:

  • Check for injuries in your area and render first aid if required.
  • Prepare for aftershocks.
  • Evacuate damaged buildings. Do not reenter until declared safe by authorities.
  • Stay with your group.
  • Call 911 or make an IDentifyED help request only to report a life threatening injury or emergency.
  • If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound, open windows and leave the building. Do not use electrical switches or ignite flames while indoors.
  • Wait for an official “all clear” notice. Radio stations will broadcast what to do, the location of emergency shelters, medical aid stations, and extent of damage.

IDentifyED is our solution for managing campus safety, security and communications during an earthquake.

1Typically, but not always you will be told to find shelter, a door way, under furniture or get outside as quickly as possible.

2Earthquakes can come quickly it is important to respond and be aware of the campus earthquake safety procedure

3Swipe up on your IDentifyED app to find your campus’s earthquake procedures.

4Swipe left on the ID screen of IDentifyed and you will come to your campuses’ custom app, the campus may have added additional links there as well as potential systems or sources of information.

5Do a check-in on the app to share your location with friends, family, the campus and emergency responders.

6Earthquakes may affect only a small area or a large community. The IDentifyED system has integration into the I Love U Guys Foundation’s standard response procedures, these procedures will tell people how you need to respond and reduce panic during a earthquake.

7If you need help use the IDentifyED 911 feature on the help request this will direct you to specific campus response personnel on IDentifyED and explain to the dispatcher the issue. Campus resources might be the best place to call for help on your campus. If for any reason you are not able to get in touch with campus resources, do not hesitate to dial 911 on your phone app.

8Emergency personnel during a earthquake with IDentifyED can also involve or escalate to additional personnel as well as any emergency responders.

9Emergency responders will also maintain and update critical event message boards about the earthquake, that will allow everyone in the campus to get the most critical and up-to-date information.

10If you need help or others need help during the earthquake, you can make additional help requests that might document additional assistance and additional people who might be injured during the earthquake.

11For IDentifyED Schools only; During an earthquake, it is possible that you will be in class make certain that attendance is taken by the teacher as you seek shelter.

12Everyone should check into a location, class, event, group or transportation so that emergency responders know where everyone is.

13Look for updates to the locations as well, perhaps the campus will add shelter locations so that you can accurately share your location with friends, family and of course emergency responders.

14If you check-in, and then need help — emergency responders will be able to respond to your specific location with much better detail. For example, during a earthquake it is possible that you are on the 20th floor in room 2001 of a 20-story building. If you need assistance, your IDentifyED reported longitude and latitude will only tell the responders what building you are in, a good check-in will help them narrow it down the floor and room, so that they can find you.

15If you are handicapped and experience an earthquake, in any way and the elevators are disabled or there is a power outage. Make a handicapped help request with your specific checked in location (many campuses have designated handicapped assistance areas for you to check into.)

16Once the Earthquake is not a threat — emergency personnel will either broadcast out an all clear or begin reunification procedures.

17If an all clear is sent during a earthquake assume that there will be additional information that may need to be shared, stay sheltered until you are able to get assurance that it is safe.

18After a earthquake please report any and all personal injury or other issues through IDentifyED.

19After a earthquake please report any damage to property or safety concerns via the IDentifyED Help request.

20For IDentifyED Schools only; If a reunification process is called for after a earthquake, monitor the IDentifyED critical event message boards as well as all emergency broadcasts.

21Follow the instructions from emergency responders.

22For IDentifyED Schools only; During a earthquake reunification you should be told where to report to. It is possible that traditional/anticipated buildings or rally points are not safe to shelter or meet at so it is important to listen to and follow the directions of emergency responders.

23For IDentifyED Schools only; When arriving at a reunification area, make certain you check-in or are checked in to that location.

24For IDentifyED Schools only; Parents should follow reunification procedures during a earthquake reunification. Parents should be instructed as to what will occur by campus personnel please follow the directions you are being given.

25After an earthquake, you may experience power outages and damage that may result in the campus or campus being closed. IDentifyED is housed offsite from your campus so IDentifyED should remain online during any and all emergencies. As long as you can get to internet services you should be able to get to IDentifyED. For this reason, during an emergency it is very likely that IDentifyED will be your campuses best means to communicate.

26Continue to monitor IDentifyED emergency broadcasts, campus news and alerts as well as critical event boards after the Earthquake because campuses will need to update you on when campus will resume and any other additional information.

27After an earthquake, IDentifyed may also be used to update students on course work and any group activities in terms of games, practices and events, look for these updates on IDentifyED first in order to minimize and optimize communications. It is likely that everyone will update calendars, message boards, send messages and provide additional updates via a communication portfolio.

28IDentifyED’s many communication resources like user portfolios, messaging, message boards, calendars, chat, group chat, emergency broadcast, campus-wide news and alerts will all be used during and after an earthquake. So, monitor IDentifyED and use IDentifyED as your primary source of information.