What to do in case of an


The Pacific Northwest is a seismically active region. Learn more about the earthquake risk from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral industries.  You can reduce your risk of injury from an earthquake by taking preparedness action, and by knowing how to respond during and after an earthquake.

When you feel an earthquake, drop to the floor, find cover under an object like a table, and hold on to your cover

If You Are Indoors:

  • Drop to the ground so you do not fall
  • Take cover under sturdy furniture, protect your head and neck.
  • Hold on to the furniture so you stay covered
  • Evacuate the building after the shaking stops. Use the stairs, do not try to use the elevators
  • Be aware:
    • Fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire
    • Aftershocks are likely to occur, move away from buildings to avoid falling debris

If You Are Outdoors:

  • Stay outside
  • Move to an open area, avoid areas with overhead objects (e.g. trees, buildings, utility poles, etc.)
  • Be aware that glass, brick facades, and other debris will likely shed from buildings and fall onto sidewalks

If You Are in a Car:

  • Pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible
  • Attempt to keep away from overhead hazards such as trees and signs
  • Remain in your vehicle until shaking stops

After the Earthquake:

  • Aftershocks are likely to occur, move away from buildings to avoid falling debris
  • Earthquakes trigger additional hazards such as landslides, liquefaction, and fire. Stay away from these hazards as much as possible
  • Check yourself for injuries and get first aid, if necessary, before helping injured or trapped persons


For more information on earthquake preparedness, how to make a plan, building an emergency preparedness kit, or finding training opportunities, visit PSU's Emergency Management site.


Points of Contact

Call or text: 911
PSU Emergency: 503-725-5911
PSU Non-Emergency: 503-725-4407