The University’s goal is to keep the Columbia community healthy and safe by preparing contingency plans. In the case of an earthquake, the best option is to check this site, along with and your Columbia email, frequently for more information.

General tips for a response to earthquake may include:

  • If indoors: remain inside and stay away from external doors, windows, walls or anything that can fall, such as glass, books, furniture, lamps, etc. Take cover in a well-supported, load-bearing doorway. If in bed, remain in bed and cover your head with a pillow, unless your bed is under heavy and potentially injury-causing objects. Do not move from your safe area until the shaking has stopped.
  • If outdoors: remain outside and stay away from windows, buildings, and utility wires. Try to find an open space away from falling objects or material.
  • If in vehicle: stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Do not attempt to stop near or under buildings, trees, overpasses or utility wires. Remain in the car until the shaking stops.

These tips are adapted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “What to Do During an Earthquake.”

For more detailed tips, visit the FEMA website.