Recent geological evidence suggests there is a 60 percent chance that an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or higher will strike California in the next 30 years.
An earthquake is the result of tectonic plates shifting across the surface of the Earth. These movements register at no more than a few centimeters per year, but their incredible mass is able to pack a lot of energy in their movements–we feel that seismic energy as an earthquake. Earthquakes strike without warning so it’s important to prepare before it’s too late. The best way to survive an earthquake, or any other disaster, is by preparing, planning, and practice.
- Prepare the Workplace.
–Large equipment like boilers, tanks, and machines need to be properly secured to not tip over during an earthquake.
–Furniture like bookshelves, filing cabinets, and racks need to be strapped to the wall to keep them stable.
–Survey your workplace to make sure that any heavy equipment is stored at lower levels to keep them from breaking if they were to fall.
- Collect Emergency Supplies.
–Fire extinguishers should be charged and inspected monthly. This ensures they will be ready in case any emergency calls for them.
–Test fire alarms, emergency lighting, and sprinklers.
–Keep flashlights, a battery-powered radio, batteries, and a first-aid kit at all times.
–Keep food, water, and necessary medication in case your business has to be used as shelter after the earthquake strikes.
- Have an Emergency Evacuation Plan.
–Having an emergency evacuation plan for every scenario will give you and your employees the best chance at survival.
–Practice emergency drills for evacuation in case a disaster were to happen.
Please review your business insurance policy. If it does not meet your business’ needs or if you need help with the review or a quote, please contact Hoffman Brown Company in Sherman Oaks, California, they are happy to help you.