Natural Disaster Mitigation

posted Jun 18, 2013, 5:34 AM by Andrew Chadick
Natural Disaster Mitigation 
Earthquake Disaster Mitigation - a Strategy
Before the Earthquake During the Earthquake After the Earthquake
  • Check for hazards in the home/work place
  • Identify safe places in each room
  • Locate safe places outdoors
  • Ensure all family members and co-workers know how to respond after an earthquake
  • Teach your adults/parents/staff/children when and how to call 9-1-1
  • Have disaster supplies on hand and broken up in different places in the building, in case an area has a collapse
  • Develop an emergency communications plan in case of separation during an earthquake
  • Ask an out-of-state business, relative or friend to serve as the remote  contact as local lines may be down
  • Use Text Messaging to communicate, as in a disaster, Cell Tower Calls may be blocked
  • If indoors: Take cover under a piece of heavy furniture or against an inside wall and stay inside, keep away from glass
  • If outdoors: Move into the open, away from buildings, street lights, and utility wires and remain there until shaking stops
  • If in a moving vehicle: Stop quickly, stay in vehicle, move to a clear area away from buildings, bridges, or utility wires
  • Be prepared for after shocks
  • Help injured or trapped persons and give first aid where appropriate
  • Listen to a battery operated radio for emergency information
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and return home only when authorities say it is safe to do so
  • Server Room Accessible? Servers down? Do you have an offsite backup? Online Backup? Do you have Virtual Copies of those Servers handy (Hyper-V or vmware)? What about remote email backup (Google Apps or Office 365 as a Failover)?