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Earthquake Checklist for Workplaces Print E-mail

Pre-Earthquake Planning

  • Review emergency procedures with co-workers
  • Conduct an employee survey of special skills and capabilities (such as ham radio)
  • Develop personnel records that include family contacts, schools, doctors, and medical needs
  • Encourage at home family disaster preparedness
  • Pre-designate floor-wardens and/or disaster buddies for persons with physical disabilities
  • Practice drop cover and hold as if and earthquake were taking place, encouraging people to find the safest place in their immediate environment
  • Practice evacuating the work place. Walk through the evacuation routes and periodically
    inspect those routes to make certain they are not cluttered and or can be blocked by falling debris
  • Practice utility shutoffs. Show several co-workers where and how utilities are to be shut off
  • Conduct an earthquake vulnerability study to determine potential damage to your building, and
    un-reinforced masonry or concrete structures
  • Review and practice first aid and CPR skills
  • Check and refresh emergency supply kits
  • Develop a mitigation plan that addresses emergency needs, including loss of utilities, and potential business loss and recovery

During the Earthquake

  • Yell-out for all co-workers to DROP – COVER – HOLD and stay in that position until the ground stops moving

Post Earthquake

  • Once the shaking stops, have everyone check themselves and the people surrounding them for injuries
  • Remind co-workers of evacuation plans. Have floor warden check the evacuation routes while others grab their personal things (coats and keys)
  • Evacuate
  • Assist co-workers with evacuation to pre-designated assembly point
  • Account for all employees
  • Give first aid where appropriate
  • Call 911 for life threatening emergencies
  • Conduct building survey and check utilities
  • Listen to portable radio for information regarding the incident
  • Determine whether employees will re-enter facility or can go home to check on family (if roads are accessible)
  • If facility can be re-entered, have clean up team go in first to clear debris, clean up spills and check for other possible hazards
  • Remind co-workers of possible after-shocks and to once again follow procedures if they occur
  • Assist co-workers back into the facility – conduct an employee meeting to talk about fears and emotions before getting back to business
  • Provide ongoing employee assistance to those who need it