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Campus Community Response: Earthquake

During a Quake

  • Immediately Duck, Cover and Hold On under a sturdy desk or table.
  • Position yourself against an interior wall, staying away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment which may topple over.
  • Do not run outside unless your building is believed to be in imminent danger of collapse.
  • If Outdoors:
    • Move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. Stay in an open area.
    • If you are driving pull over and stop. Do not stop under overpasses, near trees, light poles, power lines, and near buildings.
    • Do not run outside unless your building is believed to be in imminent danger of collapse.

After a Quake

  • When shaking stops and you are safe, determine if there are any injured and render medical assistance if you are able.
  • When shaking stops, wait for further instruction from your:
      • Professor if you are in a class;
    • Residence Assistants/Resident Directors if you are in a residence hall;
    • Building Team Leader if you are in any other campus building.
    • Campus Safety Officer if they are present.
  • Leadership
    • The following positions will provide leadership roles during an earthquake:
      • Faculty teaching classes are to take charge and account for all students in their classrooms.
      • Residence Assistants/Resident Directors are to take charge and account for all students in their residence halls.
      • Building Team Leaders (if present) are to take charge and account for all employees in their assigned buildings.
      • Campus Safety Officers are available to assist as needed if in the vicinity NOTE: Instructions from Campus Safety and/or Law Enforcement personnel take precedence over instructions from other leaders during an emergency.
    • Do not operate beyond your level of training or comfort.
    • Seek help from others who are willing and able to assist.
    • If evacuation is necessary:
      • Direct building occupants to follow our building emergency evacuation and relocation plan.
      • Assist the injured.
      • Do not use Elevators and exit via stairway.
      • Direct others to avoid downed power lines and water from broken pipes when exiting a building.
      • Be careful leaving a building; aftershocks can cause loose bricks, broken glass, and other building materials to fall.
      • If you smell gas move away from the building quickly.
  • Do not operate beyond your level of training or comfort.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Additional instruction will be provided through e2Campus/ULV Alert our emergency notification system.
  • To keep phone/cell lines accessible for emergency use, send a quick text to parents and/or family emergency contact to let them know you are ok. Only call if absolutely necessary.
  • Vendors/Guests:
    • If you will be leaving campus after an earthquake,
    • Please inform your University contact of your planned departure.

Campus Safety Response

  • When a major earthquake occurs, the campus emergency notification system e2Campus will be initiated by Campus Safety or a designee.
  • The on duty senior campus safety officer will notify the Sr. Director and/or the Director of Campus Safety Operations, the Sr. Director of Facilities and Facilities on call personnel, and the Sr. Director of Strategic Communications.
  • Full or partial activation of the ULV Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will depend upon the extent of damage to the university and potential hazards. When the full EOC is activated, communications with the county- or city-wide EOC will be maintained.
  • Available Campus Safety Officers will be assigned to check the elevators to determine if anyone is trapped inside, while also looking for obvious physical damage to structures and utilities caused by the earthquake.
  • Rescue operations may be required to assist trapped or injured persons. Campus Safety will notify 911 of the need for emergency assistance. Emergency medical care will be provided to injured persons.
  • If the earthquake was strong enough to damage structures, Campus Safety will order building evacuations and request the Sr. Director of Facilities call in a team to inspect the buildings and utilities for damage. Damage assessment teams will be sent to survey the campus for injured people, building damage, chemical and electrical hazards and resource requirements. Assessment teams will continue until all campus buildings are identified as safe before reentry. 
  • Extensive damage, potential building collapse, or threats from secondary hazards (e.g., hazardous materials) may require the campus grounds to be evacuated. Students, faculty and staff will be notified of the necessity to evacuate via the e2Campus notifications system, LiveSafe app, and Blue Phone speakers.
  • Campus Safety will keep the Sr. Director of Strategic Communications up to date on incident status, so the Office of Strategic Communications can provide updates, instructions, and a final disposition to the Campus Community through e2CAmpus.
  • Once the EOC team has concluded it is safe to re-enter buildings, the OSC will notify the campus via the e2Campus system.

Facilities Response

  • When a major earthquake occurs, all Facilities Response Personnel will report to Central Services on Campus and establish communication with the Director of Facilities.
  • Director of Facilities will establish communication with Campus Safety to coordinate efforts. 
  • Reporting personnel will pick up their keys, two-way radios, safety equipment and tools at Central Services.
  • Reporting personnel will be assigned to perform the following tasks, listed in the order of importance:
    • Assist Campus Safety in checking elevators for trapped people. If trapped individuals are discovered, conditions will be assessed to determine if a rescue operations is immediately required with emergency medical assistance.
    • Check facilities for any trapped individuals and assess condition for rescue. Report trapped individuals to Campus Safety to coordinate rescue operation.
    • Check gas meters to confirm shut-off of valves and search for active leaks. If an active leak is detected, evacuate personnel from area and alert Campus Safety.
    • Inspect grounds for fallen or exposed electrical lines. Alert Campus Safety of hazards
    • Inspect grounds for broken active waterlines. Isolate and turn off water if accessible.
    • Inspect chemical storage area for possible hazards. Alert Campus Safety of spills and potential hazards.
    • Inspect exterior of buildings for damage. If structural damage is significant to questions building integrity, notify Campus Safety to order building evacuation and secure building from being accessed.
  • Once determined that facilities are safe to enter, Facilities personnel will reset gas valves and reestablish service.

Contact Contact



The Office of Campus Safety is located on the ground floor of the Parking Structure at:

2021 D Street
La Verne, CA 91750

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please call the office at (909) 448-4950 or dial 4950 from any campus phone.

The University of La Verne prides itself on having a safe and inviting campus that welcomes visitors for an afternoon or students for years of study. Campus Safety Officers are patrolling campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.



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