Drop, Cover and Hold On

  • Seek shelter under a sturdy desk. If a desk is not available, move into a hallway or stand against an inside wall.
  • Do NOT exit the building. Falling materials can be deadly.
  • Do NOT run down stairs or use elevators. Stay clear of windows and heavy appliances.
  • If you are outdoors, stay away from buildings, utility lines, trees, bridges, or any other structure that could fall.
  • Once the shaking has stopped, exit the building. *Doors may be jammed, so exiting through another means may be necessary.  Doors should be left open if possible.
  • Report your condition and location to emergency preparedness personnel or some other official. If trapped, bang on something to make noise rather than yelling for help.
  • See earthquake specific functional needs instructions in the ShakeOut guide.

  Self-report for tracking 

  1. Attempt to contact your immediate family.
  2. Provide information to university officials for rosters upon request.
  3. Register on the emergency database designed to share information in an emergency at
  4. If unable to register online, call the university safe line at 865-656-7233 to be added to the database.

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