Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and 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.
Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load bearing doorway.
Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on. DO NOT use the elevators. If someone is believed to be confined in an elevator, call Campus Police at 314-516-5155.
Stay outside and move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
If trapped under debris, do not light a match. Do not move about or kick up dust. Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
After the shaking stops, begin evacuation of the building by activating the Building Emergency Plan.
If it is safe to do so, check for injuries, but do not move seriously injured persons unless the danger in the area is greater than their injuries. Do not endanger yourself or others.
Report significant damage, injuries or individuals trapped in buildings to Campus Police at 314-516-5155 or 911. Keep as far away from buildings as possible.
Keep streets clear for emergency vehicles, minimize telephone usage, avoid downed utilities, broken gas lines, etc. Be aware of the potential threat of aftershocks.