Natural Disasters

Earthquake

What to do if Indoors

  • STAY INDOORS
  • Get underneath a solid object such as a desk or table. Otherwise, go next to an interior wall.
    • Drop to your knees with your back to the windows and knees together.
    • Clasp both hands behind your head covering your neck.
    • Leaning over bury your face between your arms and legs.
    • Close your eyes tightly.
    • Try to remain calm and stay in place until the shaking stops.
    • As soon as possible move away from windows and overhead fixtures.
  • After the shock subsides, carefully go outside well clear of buildings, trees and other structures.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency service workers.
  • Immediately notify University Police or other personnel if you know of a disabled or injured person needing assistance.

What to do if Outdoors

  • STAY OUTDOORS
  • Move away from any buildings, trees, overhead wires, or light poles Drop and Cover:
    • Drop to your knees with your back to any windows and knees together
    • Clasp both hands behind your head covering your neck
    • Leaning over bury your face between your arms and legs.
    • Close your eyes tightly.
    • Try to remain calm and stay in place until the shaking stops
    • Stay in the open until earthquake is over or you are given further directions
  • Assess any injuries and provide first aid where able.
  • Report any known injured or trapped persons to a Building Marshal or Emergency Responder.
  • Follow the instructions of Building Marshals or Emergency Responders.

Fire

If you see a fire or smell smoke, immediately call 9-1-1 and/or activate the nearest fire alarm. You may also use the emergency blue light call boxes to contact the Police (Turlock Campus). If the fire is small and you are trained, you may choose to use a fire extinguisher or a building fire hose to put it out provided ALL of the following conditions are met:

  • The fire alarm has been activated
  • All occupants have been evacuated
  • If the fire is small (waste basket size) and has not spread
  • You have the correct type of extinguisher
  • Your exit is clear and you can extinguish the fire with your back to the exit door
  • When you hear an alarm, walk to the nearest exit notifying others of the fire on your way.
  • Go to an evacuation gathering area away from the building then wait for further instructions. See: Evacuation Gathering Areas Map
  • Immediately notify University Police or Firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.

Flood

The source of potential flooding in the City can be traced to rainfall, snowmelt, or dam failure. Flooding of significant magnitude can be expected to result in individuals being isolated by flood waters, disruption of utilities, extensive property damage, disruption of transportation and communication systems and various health hazards associated with the contamination of drinking water and the disruption of sewage treatment facilities.

Response

  • Since advanced warning of flooding conditions can generally be expected, the Emergency Operations Center will be activated, if conditions warrant, to determine necessary actions to be taken.
  • When indicated, all students and non-essential employees will be released. If possible, prior to the release, freeway and street conditions, including safe exit routes, will be ascertained and announced to the university community by all available means, including local media.
  • Facilities Services operations shutdown procedures will be followed in areas that may be affected by flood-caused fires, explosions, or electrical hazards and is of critical importance.
  • Once personnel safety and life saving issues have been addressed, attention should be immediately directed to minimizing property and equipment damage. When available and if time permits, sand bags will be used where feasible to protect against floodwaters.
  • When feasible, teams will be organized to re-locate vital equipment and records to unthreatened areas (on upper floors of buildings or off-campus).
  • If anticipated flooding is the result of the failure of Don Pedro Dam, the University would have a minimum five hour warning before floodwaters reached University property. Immediate notice to the University community would be implemented, followed by evacuation to the south and west by all means of transportation available.

Severe Weather

California State University, Stanislaus may be subjected to severe dust storms which usually occur during the fall and early winter months. These storms can cause disruption of transportation, communications and electrical power. The campus would not normally be severely impacted by a storm unless sufficiently strong winds caused utilities failures, downed trees and flying limbs, severe reduction in visibility, or dust overloads in building mechanical systems.

All Emergency Weather Incident ResponseWhile the EOC would not normally be activated, the campus would be closed by administrative decision, and students, faculty and non-essential staff would be sent home. In the case of a severe storm causing significant damage to the University, the EOC would be activated.

  • If required, the campus emergency communications system would be activated to notify the campus population of the closure directive.
  • If a severe windstorm occurs take cover in a building along an interior wall staying away from windows.
  • Drop to your knees with your back to the windows and knees together.
  • Clasp both hands behind your head covering your neck.
  • Leaning over bury your face between your arms and legs.
  • Close your eyes tightly.
  • Try to remain calm and stay in place until the windstorm stops.
  • As soon as possible move away from windows and overhead fixtures.

Remain inside if it is safe, otherwise evacuate the area. If power goes out see Power & Utility Outage.