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Emergency Action Plan

Building Evacution Procedures

Keep Yourself and Others Calm

  • Shut down equipment that could become unstable or present a hazard.
  • Gather your personal belongings such as glasses, prescription medicine, keys, purse.
  • Touch closed doors before opening. If the surface is hot, do not open -- use another exit route.
  • Quickly move to the outside of the building using the nearest door marked with an "EXIT" sign.
  • Close, but do not lock, all doors as you leave. Take your keys with you.
  • Do not use the elevators. Proceed to the nearest safe stairway.
  • Be certain all persons in the area are evacuated immediately. Advise emergency response personnel of any missing individuals.
  • Help those who need special assistance - disabled, small children, etc.
  • Report immediately to the designated "safe area" located near the building.
  • Report any missing individuals and last known locations to emergency responders.
  • Notify emergency responders about sensitive research, operating equipment, animals left in buildings, etc.
  • Wait for instructions from emergency response personnel. Do not re-enter the building.

Earthquake Procedures

During Heavy Shaking

  • Quickly take cover under a desk/table or crouch in a corner away from large surfaces. Expect, at least, 30 seconds of strong shaking.
  • After the shaking has subsided, quickly evacuate the building, using the stairs, to the designated gathering area.
  • Personnel will not be allowed to return to their work area until the building has been structurally inspected.

Fire Procedures

In Case of a Small Fire

  • Grab the nearest fire extinguisher (next to the two elevators, next to the Graduate Lounge SSB 223, and next to the Conference Room SSB 253). Make sure you have an unobstructed exit available to you.
  • Pull the finger pin located in the extinguisher's handle.
  • Aim the nozzle at the BASE of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handles, sweeping the nozzle from side to side until the fire is out.

In case of a Large Fire

  • Pull the fire alarm and call UCSD Police.
  • From a University phone: 911
  • From a cell phone: 534-HELP [4357]
  • Alert people in the area to begin evacuation. Assist those with disabilities.
  • Close doors to confine the fire.
  • Move to your designated assembly area away and upwind from the building.
  • Have persons knowledgeable about the incident and location assist emergency personnel.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Fire, Police, Medical  
  -   From Campus Phone 911
  -   From Cell Phone 858-534-4357
Thornton Emergency Room x 7-7600
Poison Center 543-6000
Main EOC 43609/43053
Main EOC FAX 43514
EH&S 42390
EH&S Lab 46418
EH&S Van 994-3521
Campus Emergency Status Info 888-308-8273

When Calling 911, calmly state:

  • Your name, the building and room locations of the emergency.
  • The nature of the emergency - fire, chemical, etc.
  • Whether injuries have occurred.
  • Hazards present, which may affect responding emergency personnel.
  • A phone number near the scene where you can be reached.