Emergency Action Plan… Earthquake
Accurate predictions of the time and place of an earthquake are not yet possible. The earthquake may range in intensity from a slight tremor to great shocks and may last from a few seconds to as much as five minutes, but the warning you get will probably be the rattling of the windows.
- Remain Calm. By staying calm yourself, you will be better able to assess damage and assist others.
- Take Cover.
- If you are inside a building:
- stay there;
- move under a sturdy table, desk, or bed and stay there;
- brace yourself in an inside corner, or doorway;
- stay away from windows;
- protect your head and face with any available material.
- If you are outdoors:
- stay there;
- move away from tall buildings, structures, and trees;
- stay away from fallen power lines, as they may appear to be “dead” but may suddenly re-energize as automatic restoration of power is attempted;
- proceed if possible to an open area.
- Do not lift or raise any power lines
- If you are in a vehicle:
- pull over and stop;
- remain clear of overpasses, tall buildings, structures, and trees;
- make certain your seat belt is fastened;
- stay in your vehicle, as it will provide some protection from falling and flying debris.
After the Earthquake:
- Do not rush outdoors. Many people are injured in this way when struck by falling debris.
- Do not use the elevator, and warn others not to use it, because a power outage may occur after the quake has stopped in your immediate area.
- Check for injuries or people who are trapped.
- Follow emergency medical procedures.
- Follow the Emergency Action Procedures for building evacuation.
- Assist individuals in leaving the building if it is safe to leave.
Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about YMCA risk management issues.