Emergency Preparedness/Earthquake Safety Training
Immediately after an emergency, essential services may be cut-off and local disaster relief and government responders may
not be able to reach you right away. One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for emergencies is to develop
a disaster plan.
Creating a Disaster/Evacuation Plan: Learn about the natural disasters that could occur in your community from your
local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter. Learn whether hazardous materials are produced,
stored or transported near your area.
A. Ask your local emergency management office about community evacuation plans. Learn evacuation routes.
If you do not own a car, make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government
B. Talk with employees about developing a disaster plan & what is needed to do an evacuation.
C. Ask a supervisor to be the “checkpoint” so that everyone in both locations can be counted for.
D. Discuss and plan how your employees would stay in contact if you were separated. Identify two meeting
places: the first should be near your building & the second should be away from building case you cannot
E. Draw, display and discuss a floor plan of your building with all exits, hazards and evacuation routes.
F. Ensure employees know where emergency telephone numbers are posted (preferably by telephones).
G. Local authorities suggest having most of the staff take a first aid and CPR class.
H. Discuss a plan for evacuating people with special need with disability.
I. Make a disaster plan notebook with all above info available to all employees and ensure all employees have
been trained in its contents.
J. Know how to shut off electricity, gas and water supplies at main switches and valves in your building. Have
the tools you would need to do this (usually adjustable pipe and crescent wrenches).
Disaster Supply Kits
You may need to survive for three days or more whether at the office or at home. This means having your own water, food
and emergency supplies. Try using backpacks or duffel bags to keep the supplies together. Here are suggested items that
should be included in the disaster supply kit in your office, (may be made for personal use at home)
A. Consider having additional supplies for sheltering confinement for up to two weeks.
B. A car kit of emergency supplies, including food and water, to keep stored in your car at all times. This kit would
also include flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies
C. Have a check off list of disaster supply kit
D. You will need to change the stored water and food supplies every six months, so be sure to write the date you store
it on all containers. Select an employee to be responsible for periodically updating and inspecting the disaster kit.
Earthquake Safety Recommendation: Train employees in the following:
Drop, cover, and hold; move only as far as necessary to reach a safe place.
If indoors, stay there. Many fatalities occur when people run outside, only to killed by falling debris from collapsing
If outdoors, find a spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, power lines, and overpasses.
If in a vehicle, pull over at a clear location and stop
Secure bookshelves, water heaters, and tall furniture to wall studs.
Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
Have a licensed professional install flexible pipe to avoid gas and water leaks.
If in a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during an earthquake. Do not use the elevators.
UCLA Emergency/Earthquake Preparedness Training C4