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Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Businesses

That rumbling recently felt across North Dallas was not the result of millions of Dallas Cowboys’ fans stomping their feet in celebration of the team’s first playoff berth since 2009. Perhaps surprisingly, it was the tell-tale sign of earthquakes.

Actually, earthquakes are not unprecedented in the Lone Star State. There have been more than 120 in North Texas since 2008, according to Southern Methodist University. All have been considered small, with the largest occurring in 2013 at magnitude 3.7. Before that, an earthquake large enough to be felt had not been reported since 1950.

This recent “earthquake swarm” has Dallas-area residents on high alert. Texas Mutual encourages everyone to learn how to protect themselves and their families during emergencies such as earthquakes. But don’t forget that we spend most of our waking hours at work. A little planning now can help protect you and your employees in the event of an earthquake, however unlikely it may seem.

Before an earthquake

Employees won’t have time to think during an earthquake. If you prepare them now, they are less likely to panic and act unsafely:

During an earthquake

Emergency preparedness plans are like umbrellas. It’s comforting to know we have them, but we hope we never have to use them. If an earthquake does strike, you will be glad you taught your employees these generally accepted best practices:

After an earthquake

So, you think the earthquake is over. Now what? Your instinct might be to immediately flee, but experts advise caution:

More information

For more information on preparing your home and your business for earthquakes and other emergencies, visit these organizations’ websites:

Employees won’t have time to think during an earthquake.