Disaster Preparedness: Earthquake
In case of an earthquake, the ultimate concern is for the
safety of the patients, visitors, employees and professional
1. Personnel should protect themselves and patients from
falling objects. Duck or drop down to the floor. Take
cover under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture.
Hold on to it and be prepared to move with it. Hold the
position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to
move. Stay clear of windows, heavy equipment, and
medical gases canisters.
2. DO NOT RUN OUTSIDE! There is a danger of falling glass
and/or building parts.
3. When the shaking stops, personnel should make an
immediate check of all persons and report any injuries or
damage to the Medical Director and/or the senior
supervisory person on-site.
4. FIRST AID should be administered as needed, moving the
injured or those in a danger area.
5. Make a check of the facility for the following:
A. Fire or fire hazards
B. Gas leaks
C. Damaged electrical wiring: shut off power at the main
control if there is sparking, electrical shorts, or
the smell of hot wires
D. Broken glass or spilled liquids such as medicine,
drugs, bleach, lye, or petroleum products
E. Fallen items in closets and cupboards
F. Damaged medical gas canisters
G. Telephones shaken off receivers (tie up telephone
H. Doors not operable
I. Weakness in ceilings or walls
6. Close all drapes or curtains. This will protect room
occupants from the danger of falling glass during any
aftershock. Leave all undamaged doors open unless there
is a fire.
7. STAY CALM. Make every effort to calm the fears of
others. Keep people away from windows, skylights and
overhead lighting fixtures.
8. Access emergency flashlights and battery powered radio;
check operation of emergency generator or alternative
9. The decision to evacuate the facility will be made by the
Medical Director*. Evacuation should only be attempted
when a safe relocation area is available.
10. BE PREPARED FOR AFTERSHOCKS. They can be strong enough
to cause further damage to an already weakened structure.
11. Make every effort to return facility to normal
operation. If the facility is operational, be prepared
to assist emergency personnel in triaging or providing
care to injured persons.
*In the absence of the Medical Director, the senior physician
or senior administrative person on site will make this
Approved By Governing Board