Is Your Business Earthquake Ready?

Seismic activity graph showing an earthquake.

Use these tips to ensure your business is prepared for the next earthquake.

Unlike most other natural disasters, earthquakes can strike with no warning. While there is no way to predict when an earthquake will hit, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your business is ready when the ground starts shaking. Keep these earthquake prep tips in mind to ensure that you are ready.

Before the next earthquake hits:

  • Check with the building regulatory agency in your local community to figure out what safety measures have been taken at your building. If your building is a little older, you may not have the proper provisions in place to stay safe, which means some updates may be needed.
  • Make sure all of your employees know how to react safely during a quake. Hold regular safety meetings to ensure all of your employees know how to “drop, cover, and hold on” during a quake to reduce their chances of being injured. Holding periodic earthquake drills can help to reinforce those skills.
  • Check various elements of your organization to ensure that your business will be able to survive after an earthquake. Keeping a copy of your vital data and telecommunication tools at an offsite location will help to ensure that you can get up and running as soon as possible.

After the next earthquake:

  • Keep in mind that aftershocks are very likely after any earthquake. Having specific recovery plans and emergency response plans in place will help you recover much faster.
  • Treat each earthquake as a learning opportunity. Look at things you did right and what you did wrong. Finding ways to improve will help to keep your business and employees as safe as possible.

Most importantly, look over your earthquake commercial insurance policy to ensure it is doing all it can to protect your business. Contact ISU Wissink Insurance in Culver City, California for all of your business insurance needs.