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The Puget Sound area is susceptible to seismic activity. As experience has shown, most incidents resulting from earthquakes do not arise from the earthquake itself but rather from falling objects and debris caused by damaged buildings, fires and landslides. It is important to be prepared! Keep in mind that it may be necessary for you to remain inside the Building for several days after a major earthquake. Knowing your family is also prepared for such a disaster may help to ease the stress of your separation.

Before an Earthquake

  • Know where first aid kits and fire extinguishers are located on your floor.
  • Remove or fasten down any items that could fall on you.
  • Learn first aid and CPR. Identify staff members who have this knowledge.
  • Keep emergency supplies in a bag or backpack at your desk, such as:
    • A list of key phone numbers for family members, emergency services, and your out-of-state contact.
    • Flashlight, battery-powered radio, and plenty of extra batteries (batteries should be replaced during the year).
    • A 7-day supply of your medical prescriptions.
    • An extra pair of your prescription glasses or contact lenses.
    • Personal hygiene supplies, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, and feminine sanitary items.
    • A pair of good walking shoes and change of warm basic clothes.
    • A supply of water and pre-packed energy type food.
    • A whistle.
    • Spare change for use in public phones and vending machines.

During an Earthquake


  • Take care of yourself first.
  • Place your hands over your head. Kneel down in a hunched position next to an inside wall, in a doorway, or under a table or desk if available for cover. Hold onto your cover if possible.
  • Stay away from dangerous spots in the Building (windows, outside doors, bookcases alongside walls which have not been secured to framing, unsecured filing cabinets, outside doors and walls, etc.).
  • If outside, stay away from utility poles, power lines, trees and signs.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If you can, disconnect all electrical equipment.

After an Earthquake

  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Do not use candles, matches or anything that may cause a spark in the presence of ruptured gas lines.
  • Administer first aid as necessary.
  • Do not use the telephone except for emergency use.
  • Get to your emergency supplies if possible.
  • Use your battery-powered radio to get information and instructions.