Source: FERMA

The potential for an earthquake does exist in Yuma. If a major earthquake were to occur, Arizona Western College must be prepared to provide its own resources for an unlimited period of time. Most earthquake-related injuries and causalities result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

Smaller earthquakes might require no action or campus disruption. If a large quake occurs, please follow directions below and listen for Emergency Notification instructions.

If Inside:

Stay inside! Do not run outside the quake. Do not use elevators!

Take cover underneath a desk or table, protecting your head and neck.

Stay away from glass, windows and anything that could fall, such as lights, fixtures, bookcases and filing cabinets.

Stay inside until shaking stops. Carefully leave the building and go to the safe zones, stay away from trees and poles.

If Outside:

Stay outside! Move to an open area away from buildings, walls, power lines and streetlights and stay there.

Drop to your knees and get into a fetal position, close your eyes and cross your arms over the back of your neck for protection. Keep this position until the shaking stops.

Stay outside and do not reenter any buildings.

If Trapped Under Debris:

Do not light a match.

Do not move about or kick up dust.

Cover your mouth with a cloth, handkerchief or clothing.

Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use anything that makes noise to get attention.

Shout as a last resort as shouting causes you to inhale large amounts of dust.

After Shaking Stops:

Expect aftershocks.

Stay away from damaged areas and debris.

Use phones only for emergency calls.

Assist in the building evacuation of persons with special needs.

Tune portable radios to an Emergency Broadcast Station, and follow instructions given.

AWC Campus Police or authorized personnel will provide instructions for immediate action.

Do not enter any building for any reason unless authorized to do so by a member of the Emergency Response team.

College Administration will determine and announce that a building(s) are safe to reenter.