Earthquake Preparedness Checklist

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This checklist outlines specific steps to take to reduce the chance of potential injuries, property damage, and down time.


Unlike other natural disasters, earthquakes can’t be predicted and occur without warning. Besides that, they aren’t limited to the West Coast of the U.S. and can happen anywhere, anytime.

There are specific steps one can take to reduce the chance of potential injuries, property damage, or any other business disruption. To be effective, these steps must be reviewed before an earthquake occurs.

Earthquakes rarely present any warning, which makes them hard to prepare for. But there are specific steps any organization can take for earthquake preparedness to safeguard its workforce, assets, and business continuity. 

Current Landscape

Thanks to the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The United States Geological Survey and the National Earthquake Information Center, we now have a visualized map of all of the earthquakes that took place for the past decade. The video demonstrating the timeline of the earthquakes starting from 1901 shows circles of different sizes, proportional to their magnitude, and the colors represent the depth beneath the surface of the quake.

Planning, testing, and preparing are critical in keeping your workforce safe and remaining your business lights on. Maintaining or quickly restoring business operations and other processes depend on how developed a company’s culture of preparedness is. Also, whether its management plans in advance and how it communicates with external partners. Everyone has a role in preparing for a disaster. All employers and organizations are fundamental elements of the community and can others to be more prepared.

Download our checklist for a complete list of preparedness steps.