Risk and Safety

Earthquake

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Call 911 in emergencies | (9-911 from a UFV phone)

First aid: 1-855-282-7770  (local 7770) | Security: 1-855-239-7654 (local 7654)

During shaking - drop, cover, hold on

  • Stay inside until after the shaking stops.
  • Stay away from windows, shelves and heavy objects which may fall.
  • DROP under heavy furniture such as a table, desk or any solid furniture.
  • COVER your head, face and torso to prevent being hit by falling objects.
  • HOLD ON to the object that you are under so that you remain covered. Be prepared to move with the object until the shaking has finished.
  • If you can't get under something strong, or if you are in a hallway, crouch against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.
  • Stay away from an exterior wall, as it is more likely to sustain damage during an earthquake.

 

After the shaking stops

  • Count to 60 to allow debris to finish falling.
  • Assess your immediate surroundings for dangers.
  • Proceed with evacuation procedures:
    • Walk, do not run.
    • Do not use the elevator(s).
    • If possible, assist anyone having difficulty in getting out, or if needed, help them to a safe area (e.g. Area of Refuge)

Abbotsford assembly areas

Chilliwack assembly areas

  • Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Department gives permission to do so. When ok, the "all clear" will be sounded to allow building occupants to re-enter the building.
  • If an aftershock occurs during evacuation and you are still inside the building, repeat DROP, COVER, AND HOLD procedure before resuming evacuation.

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