Quake prompts plans

Police offer safety tips to community

Following major natural disaster such as the recent earthquake that rocked the Bay Area earlier this week, it’s important for everyone to know what to do in such a situation.

“Knowing what to do during an earthquake is critical to personal safety and survival,” according to the Emergency Operations Plan put out by the Contra Costa Community College District Police Department this week in response to the recent earthquake.

The plan discusses what to do before, during and after an earthquake, going over various aspects of earthquake preparedness and safety.

“Please take the time to look over and become familiar with the information,” said Police Services Officer Michael Hotton in an email sent to the district’s faculty and staff.

As described in the plan, earthquakes happen “suddenly and without warning.”

“Drop, Cover and Hold On” during an earthquake is stressed while indoors, taking precaution in avoiding danger spots near windows, heavy unsecured objects and tall furniture.

If you happen to find yourself outdoors during an earthquake, move to a clear area, away from any possible dangers. “Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops.”

After the initial shaking has stopped, expect aftershocks. Aftershocks can occur from minutes to months after an earthquake, treat them as you would with a stronger quake.

And as in all emergency situations, try and stay calm. Panicking and not properly assessing the situation can often cause additional injuries.

For more information on what to do in the event of an earthquake or other emergency situation, visit www.4cd.edu/911 or stop into the Police Services building on campus for additional information.