Responding to specific emergencies


Stay calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

1. If you are indoors, seek shelter in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment. Exit the building only after the shaking has stopped.

2. If you are outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.

3. If you are in an automobile, stop in the safest place available (preferably an open area away from power lines and trees). Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle.

4. When the earthquake stops, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, call the University Police at extension 2222 or 417-626-2222. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.

5. Damaged facilities should be reported to the Director of the Physical Plant at 9331 or the University Police at 2222. Gas leaks and power failures create hazards. Please refer to the link on Utility Failure.

6. Assist people with disabilities when evacuating buildings.

7. Once outside, move to a clear area from the affected building(s). Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.

8. Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by the University Police.