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Prepare for Earthquakes

Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. According to, 40% of businesses that close after a disaster never reopen. Assessing vulnerabilities that could become hazards when an earthquake strikes is essential to your safety and the mitigation of potential losses. Look to Grainger for products, information and solutions to help prepare for, respond to and recover from earthquakes.

• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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