We know that an earthquake strikes suddenly and without any warning, but fortunately, many things can be done to prevent and reduce damages.
Remember that each employer is responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for its workers by having a disaster plan which reduces hazards through identification, planning, and mitigation.
One of the primary dangers to workers during an earthquake results from being struck by structural components or furnishings. For that reason, a fundamental point within this plan is counting with an emergency evacuation area, identify evacuation routes and alternate routes, and keep them clear of any obstructions.
But, more than just to make a plan, if you want your staff knows how to respond during an earthquake, they must practice these procedures through conducting earthquake drills until they are second nature.
These are the six components of an earthquake drill and what have to be done in each of them:
Alarm: A loud warning device such as a bell or buzzer alerts those involved in the drill. This must be a pre-arranged signal known by everyone so that all will respond appropriately.
Response: Everyone heads for cover. Persons get under a heavy desk, table, and chair or a doorjamb. Make sure you move away from windows, glass or light fixtures. If there is no cover available, crouch and try to protect your head.
Evacuation: After remaining in your respective safe-place until the shaking has stopped, persons should then evacuate the building through pre-determined safe routes and evacuees gather outside in a safe area.
Assembly: At the assembly point, the evacuees are grouped in a pre-determined manner which facilitates the next step, which is a roll call.
Roll Call: A designated before-hand determine if everyone is present. In the event of a real earthquake, a search and rescue team would have to be dispatched to look for those missing.
Evaluation: Now there should be an evaluation where the institution identifies snags in the drill, problem areas, or potential problem areas.
Simulating a disaster situation will give your team the certainty that in the event of a serious earthquake they will be able to respond appropriately.
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