Emergency Preparedness


Emergency Action Plans (EAP)

  • Emergency Action Plans (EAP) address the specific needs of faculty, staff, and students during emergency situations, such as fires, hazardous spills, earthquakes, flooding, explosion, and civil disorder.  They are an integral part of UC San Diego's campuswide Emergency Operations Plan and preparedness effort.
  • For your safety, we encourage you to review this important safety document. We also encourage the individual sections/departments within Scripps to develop their own EAPs to address hazards unique to your workspace, along with corresponding response strategies that minimize employee exposure to hazardous conditions during an emergency. 
  • Please visit UC San Diego's Emergency Preparedness Resources for links to local, state, federal, and international emergency preparedness. What you should know about Tsunamis 



What You Should Know About Tsunamis

  • Southern California’s low lying coastline could experience tsunami waves, either from a distant earthquake or locally generated by our own seismically active geology. 
  • Know the Tsunami Warning Center Terms: 
    • Advisory: An earthquake has occurred in the Pacific basin and might generate a tsunami. Tsunami Warning Centers will issue hourly bulletins about the situation. 
    • Watch: A tsunami was or may have been generated, but is at least 2 hours travel time to the area under watch status. 
    • Warning: A tsunami was or may have been generated and could cause damage. People in the warned area are strongly advised to evacuate to higher ground. 
  • In case of a tsunami warning triggered by a distant seismic event:
    • Stay off beach and pier, move to higher ground 
    • Be alert to announcements on radio/TV, Triton Alert and from emergency responders
  • In the case of a strong local earthquake, the ground shaking is considered warning of potential tsunami danger at the coast, and people should immediately seek higher ground. 
  • In this situation, Pawka Green and other normally designated assembly areas at elevation of less than 25 feet are considered potentially at risk; people should move to higher ground. The Eckart Building entrance and outdoor deck are at 30 meters elevation, which is considered not at risk of inundation. 


Building Evacuation Drills: Practice Makes Perfect

  • SIO participates in UCSD's annual campuswide emergency preparedness exercise by conducting building evacuation drills. Below is the announcement for the most recent exercise (The Great California ShakeOut), held on October 20, 2016:
    • EVACUATION DRILL NOTICE: Beginning at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016, all buildings at Scripps* will conduct evacuation drills requiring occupants to temporarily evacuate and report to designated assembly areas. The given scenario for this exercise is that a major earthquake affecting the San Diego region strikes at 10:20 a.m., causing the ground to shake strongly for one full minute.
  • For the purposes of the exercise, everyone should take the following actions: 
  1. "Drop, cover, and hold" in place for one minute. (See http://dropcoverholdon.org
  2. Gather any essential items from your lab or office (keys, wallet/purse, emergency kit) and quickly evacuate the building as if you might not be able to re-enter for an extended period.
  3. Report to the designated assembly area outside your building until roll call has been completed and the Building Safety Contact has announced the drill is complete. (The exercise will finish by 10:45 a.m.) 
  • Please take this opportunity to check the evacuation map posted near your building exits to make sure you know where the designated assembly area is.
  • Buildings NOT conducting evacuation drills on October 20, 2016: Scripps Seaside Forum, Nimitz Marine Facility, and research facilities with no building occupants (e.g. Scripps Pier, Seaweed Canyon). 
  • Questions? Contact Allyson Long at 858-534-8449