During the Earthquake:
- Stay calm and try to calm and reassure others.
- If indoors, stay indoors. Seek shelter under a sturdy desk or table. Cover your head and torso to protect yourself from objects that could fall during an earthquake. Make every attempt to hold on to the piece of furniture in order to remain protected (large earthquakes will cause the furniture to move if not held on to).
- If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.
- Stay away from windows, shelves, heavy objects, or anything that can fall.
- Do not rush for exit. You may be struck by falling debris, stairways may be broken, and walkways may be jammed with people.
- DO NOT use elevators, as the power may be off.
After an earthquake, an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is established in the President’s Office, AD 214, (323) 953-4000 ext. 2242 (or another area as directed by the president or designee) should damage occur, all or part of the college may be closed. Employees are not to leave the campus until authorized to do so by the College President or authorized administrator.
After the Earthquake:
- Evacuate buildings if the earthquake seemed serious enough to cause structural damage by moving quickly to the evacuation point shown on the Emergency Exit Plan posted in each room.
- Expect aftershocks. Move carefully and use extreme caution when moving around damaged buildings because aftershocks can cause further damage.
- Check for injuries, trapped persons, and disabled persons in your vicinity.
- Check for fires. If you can, extinguish with a fire extinguisher. If not, leave the area and call the College Sheriff’s Office at ext. 2911 (from your mobile phone dial (323) 953-2911.
- If safe to do so, clean up spilled chemicals or other potentially harmful materials, or contact Safety Officer at ext. 2410.
- Do not use electric equipment. Turn electrical switches off and do not light matches.
- Do not touch downed power lines, other exposed wires, or objects touched by downed lines.
- Do not use campus telephones unless an emergency requires it. Many Cell towers will be down and your cellphone may not work. Keep the lines in the Sheriff’s Department opened for emergencies ONLY.
- Check closets and storage shelf areas. Open doors carefully and watch for falling objects.
- Listen for damage reports and evacuation information. Do not spread rumors.
- Do not return to an evacuated building until instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
After all major or minor earthquakes, the Sheriff’s Department along with Physical Plant personnel will conduct a check of all buildings to determine any structural damage.
The LACC Sheriff's Station
Office Hours and Location
Operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Cesar Chavez Administration Building 111
In an emergency, dial 2911 from any campus phone or call the direct Emergency phone number at (323) 953-2911.
For non-emergencies and general questions, please call (323) 953-4005 or you can email us at