Earthquake Preparedness

Earlier this morning, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook the Seattle region. Fortunately, no damage has been reported on the North Seattle College campus.

We want to use this time to remind you of what to do during an earthquake on campus. Please read through the overview below, familiarize with evacuation assembly points on campus, ensure your contact information and emergency notification preferences are up-to-date, and read more tips from King County emergency services. And, always remember to Drop, Cover and Hold on!

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.


COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

·         If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter

·         If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)

·         Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs


HOLD ON until shaking stops

·         Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts

·         No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.


In a wheelchair: Lock the wheels once you are in a safe position. If unable to move quickly, stay where you are. Cover your head and neck with your arms.


Outdoors: Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.


Stay in the hold position until you hear the all clear over the PA system.


What to expect from North

During any emergency situation and/or drill, North’s security team and communications team will respond quickly to:

    • Make an announcement over the PA system asking you to Drop, Cover and Hold On

    • Send a RAVE emergency notification alerting you to the emergency (which delivers to email, phone, social media and computer screens)

    • Notifications will also be sent as soon as the emergency is over

Thank you for your attention!