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Consider These Things Now:

  • Find out where the nearest two or three shelters are likely to be located. (At Malibu: TCC Dining Hall, Fieldhouse; at other locations, check Red Cross, County, etc.)
  • Discuss your planning with friends/roommates/local family members.
  • Identify alternate meeting places in case of separation.
  • Alert out-of-area family members of your plans.
  • Make arrangements for special needs.
  • Store sufficient personal survival supplies.
  • Store supplies to sustain you during relocation (see suggested list on this page).

After a Disaster:

  • Locate any missing friend/roommate/family member.
  • Advise out-of-area family contact of your status.
  • Use safety glasses, leather gloves, etc., when working.
  • Exercise extreme caution when entering damaged buildings.
  • Exercise extreme care with fire.
  • Avoid electrical appliances where there is water.
  • Stay away from power lines.
  • Check water and food before consumption.
  • Monitor and obey directives from government and campus officials.
  • For residential students: contact the University if you are not at a campus-operated shelter.
  • If you have telephone service, use it only for emergencies.

Suggested items for Relocation:

  • Bedding
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Games, Books
  • Medications
  • Special dietary foods
  • Valuable papers
  • Treasured photographs
  • Telephone Lists
  • Photo ID with home address/University ID
  • Pens and paper
  • Personal hygiene supplies (e.g., toothbrush, soap, insect repellent, sunscreen)

Do NOT Bring to Relocation Shelter:

  • Alcohol, drugs, firearms
  • Candles
  • Heating devices
  • Beds or furniture
  • Excessive cash, jewelry, financial papers

Relocation of Persons with Disabilities
In the event of an emergency, individuals who use wheelchairs and other individuals with disabilities should observe the following procedures:

  • Move toward the nearest marked exit.
  • As a first choice, use the building elevator, BUT NEVER IN THE CASE OF FIRE OR EARTHQUAKE.
  • If there is a fire or an earthquake - - or if there is an obstruction in the pathway - - request assistance from others in the area.
  • If assistance is not immediately available, stay in the exit corridor or the stairway landing. Continue to call for help until rescued. Individuals who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have other means for attracting the attention of others.
  • Rescue personnel, Public Safety, Emergency Response Teams, Fire and Police Departments will first check all exit corridors and exit stairwells for trapped persons.
  • If you use a wheelchair, or have any other mobility impairment, please file a Class Schedule with the Health Center at the Malibu campus (extension 4316) - - or with the Coordinator for your educational center:

West LA (310) 568-5737
Encino (818) 501-1600
Irvine (949) 223-2500
Westlake Village (805) 449-1181

NOTE: It is suggested that individuals who use wheelchairs or have a mobility impairment prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing faculty/staff or classmates on how to assist him/her in an emergency.