BUILDING GUIDE

Earthquake

During an Earthquake

Most earthquake-induced injuries are caused by falling objects or debris that has become dislodged by the quake.  During an earthquake, please observe the following:

  • Remain calm, do not panic.
  • Stay in the office area.
  • Take cover under tables, desks, or strong doorways.
  • Keep away from windows and glass doors.
  • Keep clear of filing cabinets, shelves and tall stacks of materials.
  • Check for any injured personnel and administer first aid where necessary.
  • Floor Wardens should assess damage and injuries and be prepared to expedite evacuation of serious cases.
  • In the event of a fire resulting from an earthquake, follow the fire emergency procedures.
  • Elevators are equipped with seismic detectors, which when activated, will automatically stop the elevator at the nearest floor; if they are occupied at the time, inhabitants should exit immediately, and follow instructions issued by the Floor Warden.

Following an Earthquake

  • Be prepared for aftershocks.  While aftershocks are generally smaller than the earthquake that generates them, they can cause additional damage.
  • If you smell gas, notify property management immediately.
  • Check immediate location – make sure you are safe.
  • Check for injuries and apply first aid as needed.  Be prepared for an absence of immediate emergency services and be prepared to help yourself and others.
  • Extinguish any fires, if possible.  Do not light matches.  Do not smoke.
  • Seek situational awareness via media or social media outlets.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you have a dire emergency.