Business Emergency Planning and Knowledge
This information is adapted from information prepared by the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and ABAG.

Make an Emergency PLAN--

Know What to Do When the Shaking Begins - If You Are at WORK

  • Choose a safe place in every room--under a sturdy table or desk or against an inside wall where nothing can fall on you.
  • Work with your business to practice DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON at least twice a year. Drop under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm. If there's no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you.
  • Make sure that you and your employees have chosen an out-of-town family contact, and make sure that everyone in each person's family knows who this person is and their phone number.
  • Take a first aid class. Keep your training current.
  • Get training in how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Work with your employees to ensure that they have Informed their out-of-state family contact, babysitters, sports coaches, and caregivers of their plan on what they will do if an earthquake occurs while they are at work.
  • DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. DROP to the floor. Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table. HOLD ON. The desk or table may move. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit. Stay away from windows and brick or stone. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings (including brick or stone chimneys), trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.


Identify What to Do After the Shaking Stops Know What to DO If You Are in Your CAR
  • DO check yourself for injuries.
  • DO check others for injuries. Give first aid for serious injuries.
  • DO look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards. Turn off the gas if you smell gas or think it's leaking. (Remember, only a professional should turn it back on.)
  • DO turn on radio for emergency bulletins (KGO 810, KCBS 740, and KLIV 1590 in the Bay Area).
  • DO expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON!
  • DO use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies.
  • DO change your voice mail message to say "I'm OK."
  • DO evacuate your building if you suspect it has been damaged and is unsafe. Use stairs, NOT the elevator.
  • DO NOT panic.
  • DO slow down. Pull over if shaking starts again.
  • DO turn on radio for emergency bulletins (KGO 810, KCBS 740, and KLIV 1590 in the Bay Area).
  • DO proceed cautiously (if safe to do so).
  • DO obey "road closed" signs.
  • DO give repair and emergency vehicles a break.
  • DO NOT attempt to cross damaged roads.
  • DO NOT go near downed power lines.
  • DO NOT stop under underpasses or on bridges.
  • DO NOT drive through water.
  • DO NOT abandon car, except if it is unsafe to stay with it. If it must be abandoned, it should not be left in a traffic lane. If forced to abandon it in a traffic lane, leave the keys in it.
  • MORE INFO from ABAG on Driving After Disasters

ABAG, the Association of Bay Area Governments, is the regional planning and services agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

This page was last updated 5/6/04 by jbp.