Earthquake/Fire Safety

UCLA has an Emergency Response Plan in the event of an earthquake, but every student, faculty and staff member in the campus community must also have a “personal earthquake plan” so that we can recover quickly.

Indoors: TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY— Duck under a desk, table, between lecture hall seats or in a hallway. Stay away from doorways and windows.

Outdoors: MOVE TO AN OPEN AREA — Stay away from buildings, walls, trees or power lines.

In a Car: STAY INSIDE THE VEHICLE — Slow down and stop carefully, away from bridges and overpasses.


In an emergency, follow the building evacuation plan and instructions.

Avoid complacency. When advised of an alarm, suspicious condition or when conducting a routine fire drill, treat the situation with the utmost concern and immediately vacate your residence or office—your life or other lives could depend on it.

If your smoke detector goes off; if you see or smell fire or smoke:

  • Remain calm and get out of the immediate area.
  • Pull the fire alarm, exit via the stairs, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.
  • Close the door behind you as you leave and all other doors as you exit—doors are built to withstand fire for a period of time—it gives you time to escape.
  • If you see smoke under the door, find another way out.
  • Feel the door with the back of your hand before you open it. If it is hot, find another way out.
  • Drop to the floor to avoid smoke and fumes. Crawl to safety.
  • If your clothes catch on fire, STOP where you are, DROP to the ground and ROLL over and over to smother the flames.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
  • If you are trapped in a burning building, stay near a window and close to the floor. If possible, signal for help.
  • Meet with the UCLA Fire Department or Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) representative upon arrival and report what you saw—DO NOT LEAVE THE AREA. The information you have may save lives and valuable time.

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