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How to Survive an Earthquake at Work

Post Date:08/01/2019 12:00 PM

Safety Tips- How to Survive an Earthquake at Work: 

A little knowledge and a few precautions will ease the trauma of a major earthquake, empower you to respond, and help you survive when "The Big One" strikes. These tips can prepare you for an earthquake in the workplace. 

For details regarding home planning, visit one of the following websites: 

READY at Earthquakes | Ready.gov (https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes)
FEMA at Earthquake Safety at Home (https://www.fema.gov/earthquake-safety-home

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SAFETY TIPS IN PDF FORMAT

Before an Earthquake 

1.Be prepared to react Know how to react so your response to a quake is automatic. If an earthquake struck right now, how would youprotect yourself?

2.Know your location  Safety: Identify safe spaces in the office -- under a desk, along interior walls, away from windows, bookcases, andpicture frames. Plan your response: know how to exit the building after an earthquake (not during) — even if the lightsare off.

3.Stock up on your emergency suppliesThe basics: flashlight, bottled water, and food for 72 hours; first-aid kit, gloves, hard hat, goggles, blankets, and closed-toe shoes.

4.Arrange your office for safety Make sure that bookcases, large file cabinets, and artwork on walls are anchored to prevent or minimize fallingobjects. Store heavy objects on low shelves. Put breakable objects in cabinets with latches.

5.Know the evacuation points Be familiar with the established gathering points on campus for major emergencies.

6.Share your knowledge Make sure colleagues are informed about earthquake safety, and are as prepared as you are. 

During an Earthquake 

7. Remain calm as the quake occurs — others will respond to your actions Staying calm is crucial in areas where large groups of people assemble such as conference rooms, buildings, etc. A cool head can prevent panic.

8. If you are indoors during an earthquake, stay in place • Move away from windows, bookcases, and large objects. • Go to a safe location — under a desk, a table, or along an interior wall. • If you have no protection: drop to the floor, and cover your head and face. • Stay under cover until after the shaking stops, and you are sure that debris is no longer falling. • Do not stand in a doorway, as some previous safety guidelines recommended. A swinging door can cause injuries. • In a crowded place, do not rush to the exit. More injuries are caused by panic than by earthquakes themselves.

9. If you are outdoors. . . Move to an open area, away from falling objects, and drop to the ground. Stay away from buildings, power lines and trees.

10. If you are in a wheelchair. . . Stay in it. Move to a place under cover if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.

After an Earthquake 

11. You may be on your own for three days or more 

Keep in mind that in an emergency, vital supplies and aid may not be available for days. It’s possible that will be on your own for at least three days. 

12. Check yourself and others for injuries 

Give first aid for serious injuries. DO NOT move injured people unless they are in danger. 

13. Remain calm and reassure others 

14. Expect aftershocks There will be large aftershocks after a major earthquake — be on alert for them. 

15. Be ready to respond without electricity or lights Know where your flashlight is. Know how to find stairs in the dark. 

16. Get to your emergency supplies  Put on your helmet, gloves, and closed-toe shoes. 

17. Extinguish small fires 

18. Beware of objects that moved during the earthquake They may fall long after an earthquake ends. 

19. If you must leave a building after a quake, use EXTREME caution  A large number of injuries occur when people leave a building after an earthquake and are struck by falling debris. Check your exit. If you have to leave a building, be sure the exit is safe. 

20. DO NOT re-enter a damaged building once you have left it until an all-clear is given 

21. In industrial settings and laboratories, turn off flames. Shut off gas. Beware of hazardous chemicals. 

22. If inside a building, employees should stay indoors until the shaking has stopped, unless hazards exist 

23. Use telephones only to report a life-threatening emergency Using cell phones or land lines during an emergency will jam telephone systems, preventing emergency calls from going through. 

Information and Assistance 

24. Information sources 

If City systems are operating after an emergency, you will be notified of developments through e-mail or text messaging. Other City information sources include: 

• Messages on the City's social media pages

• Messages on the City of Corona Home Page, www.CoronaCA.gov.

 

From the City of Corona - SAFETY DIVISION
Please submit comments and suggestions to:
Kristian Alfelor, Safety Manager
Kristian.Alfelor@CoronaCA.gov