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What to Do in Case of Earthquake or Tornado

Action While Indoors

  • Seek cover under a table, desk, door arch or stairwell and stay away from large windows, shelving systems, or tall room partitions.
  • Do not use elevators in case of after shocks.
  • Implement the "Drop and Cover" procedure by doing the following:
    • Drop to knees, clasp both hands behind neck, bury face in arms, make body as small as possible, close eyes, and cover ears with forearms.
    • If notebooks or jackets are handy, hold over head for added protection.
    • Hold position until shaking has stopped.
  • Contact Campus Police (203) 932-7070 with the names and locations of persons.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks can occur for a period of up to several days. They may last from 5 seconds to 5 minutes.

Action While Outdoors

  • Walk away from buildings, trees, power line poles and exposed wires.
  • Implement the "Drop and Cover" procedure by doing the following:
    • In an open space drop to knees, clasp both hands behind neck, bury face in arms, make body as small as possible, close eyes, and cover ears with forearms.
    • Maintain position until shaking has stopped.
  • Do not enter any building until they are deemed safe by emergency personnel.
  1. Emergency Contact

    For Police, Fire or Medical Emergencies, dial 911 or the UNH Police Emergency number at 203-932-7070.

    When in doubt, in any emergency please call immediately.

    On campus, you can also use the emergency call boxes or red emergency phones in academic buildings.