7 steps to a
Disaster Resilient Workplace
We're all in this together.
with major support from:
and additional support from:
? Copyright 2016 7 STEPS TO A SETTING THE
Earthquake Country Alliance,
Southern California Earthquake Center DISASTER RESILIENT FOUNDATION
at the University of Southern California
Reproduction by permission only. WORKPLACE Identify potential hazards.
Disclaimer: The suggestions, photos and Each step in this booklet will provide
Which hazards pose risks to your organiza-
illustrations included in this document are tion, and how? In this step, you will identify
intended to improve earthquake aware- you with a chance to identify areas in what may interrupt your operations tempo-
ness and preparedness; however, they do your business that need strengthen- rarily or worse. The priorities you set here
not guarantee the safety of an individual,
organization, or structure. The writers, ing, training opportunities, and actions will help you in the other Steps.
contributors, and sponsors of this hand- to be taken. They are designed so
book do not assume liability for any injury,
death, financial loss, property damage, that every step builds from the last. BEFORE...
or other effect of an earthquake or other Customize each step to suit your
business type and needs. STEP 1
7 Steps to a Disaster Resilient Workplace Secure Your Space (page 8)
was prepared by the Earthquake Country
Alliance (ECA) Business Committee While this booklet assists addressing Look at the priorities you just identified,
in cooperation with the support from all hazards, we use an earthquake where your organization is vulnerable to
members of the ECA and other partners interruption, and now choose how to mini-
(see cover). Significant funding for the as our primary example. To get you mize these risks. As an example, earthquake
preparation, design and printing of the started, here is a snapshot of the
booklet was provided by the Federal shaking can move almost anything, even
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 7 Steps. large or heavy items. Imagine your work-
California Governor's Office of Emergency place being picked up and shaken sideways
Services (CalOES) and administered by
FLASH. (2016 update). - what would be thrown around? Learn how
to secure these items to prevent damage or
Producer: injuries to employees.
Mark Benthien, SCEC / ECA
In?s Pearce, Pearce Global Partners Inc.
Writers: Amgen Inc.: Chris Wright;
NBC - Universal: Mike Ripley; Mathews
Consulting: Nancy Mathews; Association
of Contingency Planners (ACP) - Orange
County Chapter: Rhonda Russell;
CapitalSource Bank: Joe Jaramillo; Jill
Contributors and Supporters: NBC -
Universal: Bob Cavaglieri; BICEPP/Caltech:
Margaret Vinci; FLASH: Barbara Harrison;
CalOES: Kate Long; ACP - Orange County
Chapter: Monique Weiland; Bob Lee; and
many other members of the Earthquake
Special thanks to additional members
of the Business and Industry Council for
Emergency Planning and Preparedness
(BICEPP) and the Association of
Contingency Planners for their support.
Design: Denton Design Associates:
Margi Denton, Elizabeth Burrill
Photography: Ann Elliott Cutting
STEP 2 STEP 4 STEP 6
Plan To Be Safe (page 9) Minimize Financial Hardships (page 11) Improve Safety (page 13)
After you have identified the potential haz- Organize your important documents, Life safety is the top priority after an earth-
ards and impacts to your business, it's time strengthen your property, and consider quake or any disaster. Activate your own
to create your plan and train employees! insurance--customized to cover your most trained personnel to find and help anyone
Because disasters are highly unpredictable, needed items. Most businesses lease their injured, as outside help may not be coming.
it is impossible to anticipate every situation space, so it's essential to work with your Next, survey your building for damage or
and impact. However, a Business Continuity owner and property manager on addressing other hazards to prevent further injuries or
Plan can greatly reduce the risks and losses structural issues. If you own it, strengthen damage. Decide if safe to stay.
your organization might face by guiding your those weaknesses. Either way, measures
decisions yet allowing flexibility to adapt to taken now can help you keep your doors
the unexpected. open. No access, no business. AND AFTER...
STEP 3 DURING... Reconnect and Restore (page 14)
Organize disaster supplies (page 10)
After a disaster, organizations will need to STEP 5 Once life safety is being addressed, it's
time to begin recovery activities to resume
be self-sufficient as first responders will be Drop, Cover, and Hold On (page 12) operations. Conduct an assessment for
addressing high priorities such as hospitals The ground is shaking, what do you do? operational issues then repair damage. Use
and schools. Determine what you need Everyone should know how to protect them- your plan to guide your actions and restore
in the first days following an earthquake selves in any situation. Most often this will priority operations first. Communicate often
including the basics like food, water and be to Drop, Cover, and Hold On, but this can with employees and key contacts. Docu-
sanitation. depend on your location. Stay clear of any ment your lessons learned to determine
objects that may fall and stay put until the priorities before the next event.
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