Before an Earthquake
- Minimize potential hazards.
- Move heavy items onto lower shelves.
- Lock file cabinets when not in use.
- Back up business-critical files.
- Store backup files off-site.
- Create and regularly test your disaster plan. Your plan should have provisions for:
- Critical equipment
- Recovery locations
- Prepare a disaster kit, which should include:
- A three-day emergency supply of food and water
- Medical supplies, including employee medications
- Flashlights (don’t forget the batteries!)
- A portable AM/FM radio
During an Earthquake
- Drop underneath a sturdy desk or table. If there is not a desk or table nearby, move to an internal wall, and drop to the floor.
- Cover your head and neck. Stay clear of windows or objects that could fall and harm you.
- Hold on to the furniture as it moves, and stay put until the earthquake and any aftershock have ended.
After an Earthquake
- Account for all employees.
- Address staff injuries. For those severely injured, contact 911.
- When safe, inspect both the exterior and interior of the building for damages.
- Communicate with employees, customers and vendors to let them know the status of your business.
- Perform a detailed assessment to determine next steps to continue your business operations.
For more information on preparing your business for an earthquake, read 7 Steps to an Earthquake Resilient Business.