DISASTER PROGRAM
EARTHQUAKE

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EARTHQUAKES

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.

INSTRUCTIONS

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 building
  • 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.

RECENT EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY

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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 be ruptured.

Utilization of external services will be contacted by staff members from Security, Safety or Facilities.

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The main message to pass on to employees is:

REMAIN COMPOSED - PANIC KILLS:

  • IF INSIDE - STAY INSIDE!
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE DURING SHAKING UNLESS YOU ARE ABLE TO GET UNDER A TABLE/DOORWAY!
  • IF OUTSIDE - STAY OUTSIDE!

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
  • Listen 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

SECURITY WILL:
Serve as liaison with law enforcement authorities.
Maintain physical security of company property and facilities.

FACILITIES WILL:
Assess structural damage, interior hazardous objects, gas/water lines, electrical circuits, shattered glass, heat, air conditioning - setup alternate facilities and restore normal operations.

SAFETY WILL:
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.

MIS WILL:
Assess computer systems and network damage. Depending on extent of damage, appropriate disaster recovery procedures will be activated and executed.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS WILL:
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.

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