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Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. Assessing vulnerabilities that could become hazards when an earthquake strikes is essential to your safety and the mitigation of potential losses. If you live in an earthquake-risk area where there is a risk of earthquakes, check to confirm your facility meets local seismic building standards.
Planning for an Earthquake
Communicating and testing a comprehensive emergency plan with your staff will help minimize loss to your business. Be sure to have personnel CPR and First Aid trained and compile an easily accessible emergency kit. FEMA, OSHA and NIOSH have published recommendations on building preparedness plans.
Contact your Grainger representative for more customized Business Continuity Planning assistance. One of our regional specialists will work with you and your Account Manager.
Preparing for an Earthquake
Earthquake Preparation Tips
- Securely fasten shelves and cabinets to walls.
- Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Brace ceiling and overhead light fixtures, cover with protective enclosures and install shatterproof lamps where possible.
- Store breakable items in low and closed cabinets with secure latches.
- Store flammable and other hazardous products in approved safety cabinets away from sources of ignition.
- Secure all equipment with gas or electric lines by strapping to wall studs and/or bolting to the floor.
Responding After an Earthquake
Although early detection and response capabilities are improving in the United States, we cannot control nature. However, you can mitigate losses with prompt action and a comprehensive preparedness and response plan. Most importantly, make sure your communication plan is in place so you can reach your employees and confirm their safety.
Earthquake Response Tips
- First assist the injured, moving them only if they are in danger remaining where they are.
- Be alert to safety issues created by the devastation of the earthquake. Avoid entering any buildings with structural or other visible damage until authorized to do so by local officials.
- Immediately report any gas leaks, downed or damaged electrical wires, and spilled chemicals or other potentially hazardous materials to authorities or the utility companies.
- Use caution when walking through debris. Watch for animals, broken glass and other materials, or spilled liquids that could cause injury or illness.
Recovering from an Earthquake
Data from past disasters has shown that 40% of businesses that close after a disaster never reopen. Returning to normal quickly is essential to your business and your employees.
Earthquake Recovery Tips
- First take care of your family's and employees' health. Activate your communication plan to ensure that everyone is safe and receiving the support they need immediately after the event, and throughout the recovery phase.
- Do not enter buildings until cleared by authorities. When you do enter, be cautious when opening doors and cabinets.
- Immediately clean up spilled materials, especially flammable liquids.
- Repair and rebuild to mitigate damage to your facility from future disasters. Work with contractors to reinforce windows and doors.
- Reinforce and secure siding, roofs and all tie-downs or anchoring points for exterior equipment and movable structures.