Earthquakes may range
in intensity from slight tremors to great shocks and may last from
a few seconds to as much as five minutes. They could come in a series
over a period of several days. The actual movement of the ground
in an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of injury or death.
Most casualties result from falling materials and building collapse.
Severe quakes usually destroy power and telephone lines and gas,
sewer, or water mains. They may also trigger landslides, rupture
all types of utility services, and generate seismic waves.
In the event an earthquake
strikes the area, emergency, fire, medical and/or police assistance
will be called for by the security staff and supported by functional
departments including Safety and Facilities.
During the earthquake
you are instructed to:
- Stay indoors
- Take cover under work
table or desk
- Brace yourself in
a doorway or move to a corner and protect head and shoulders
- Stay near center of
- Stay away from glass
windows, skylights, glass doors
- Stay away from areas
in danger of falling debris
Follow instructions given
by the person in charge, your supervisor, safety, security or facilities.
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After the earthquake,
employees should exit the building by the nearest exit. They should
stay out of damaged buildings, as the aftershock can cause buildings
to collapse. Facility officials will check all utilities. If water
pipes are damaged or electrical wires are damaged, they are responsible
for turning off these utilities and/or calling in the needed support
from external services. If gas leakage is detected, facilities will
alert Safety and Security to assist in the evacuation of the building.
All employees will be cleared from the building until it is safe
to return. In some instances, Facilities will shutdown high voltage
and fuel systems necessary following earthquake damage and before
evacuation, so personnel will not be endangered by lines that might
Utilization of external
services will be contacted by staff members from Security, Safety
The main message to pass
on to employees is:
REMAIN COMPOSED -
- IF INSIDE - STAY
- DO NOT ATTEMPT
TO MOVE DURING SHAKING UNLESS YOU ARE ABLE TO GET UNDER A TABLE/DOORWAY!
- IF OUTSIDE - STAY
Employees need to know
what to do and how, where, and must use common sense to:
- Protect yourself
- After shaking stops,
assist others as much as possible
- Stay off the telephone
for directions from facilities, security, and safety staff members
for emergency instructions/information
- Be prepared for aftershocks,
and remain inside until directed to leave the building
Serve as liaison with law enforcement authorities.
Maintain physical security of company property and facilities.
Assess structural damage, interior hazardous objects, gas/water
lines, electrical circuits, shattered glass, heat, air conditioning
- setup alternate facilities and restore normal operations.
Assess hazardous materials spills, fire/potential - fire hazards,
setup a safe place to administer first aid, inventory cafeteria/Cubic
water supplies, and check special medical needs.
Assess computer systems and network damage. Depending on extent
of damage, appropriate disaster recovery procedures will be activated
setup communication command stations for emergency use only as soon
as feasible after shaking ceases. Assess telephone damage/repair
damage. Use cellular phone/hand radio for communications with facilities,
security, and CMT office.