BEFORE THE EMERGENCY
Prepare for Emergency Evacuations
- Locate your primary and secondary exits.
- Locate your Assembly and Rescue Assistance Areas.
- Keep halls and emergency exits clear of boxes/other items.
- Report hazardous conditions.
- Know who your Facility, Floor and/or Area Warden(s) are.
- Identify people in your area who may require assistance in an evacuation.
- Know your emergency phone numbers.
- Avoid the "electrical octopus" (too many plugs in a multi-plug outlet).
- Do not run cords under carpeting.
- Replace broken or frayed cords.
- Maintain appliances (no toasters/toaster ovens).
- Do not allow trash and boxes to accumulate, especially near heating elements and electrical equipment.
- Store flammable liquids and other combustible materials in approved containers.
For electrical safety concerns, contact the Facilities Management Trouble Call Desk at (310) 825-9236, and notify your Facility Warden.
Prepare for Shelter-In-Place (SIP)
- Know where your Shelter-in-Place area(s) are.
- Be prepared to perform shelter-in-place tasks if pre-designated to do so by your Floor/Area Warden.
Prepare for Earthquakes
- Determine the safest place to take cover.
- Assess personal work areas as follows:
- Window glass: If your workstation is near a window or glass partition, decide where you will take cover to avoid being injured by flying glass.
- Heavy objects: Anchor heavy objects (e.g., tall filing cabinets/shelves) to the wall. (Note: Furnishings over 5 feet 9 inches must be anchored; for healthcare facilities, furnishings over 4 feet must be anchored).
- Loose objects: If you have materials stored on top of cabinets or shelves, determine if these items should be secured or moved to lower shelves.
NOTE: Remember, most injuries sustained in an earthquake are caused by flying, loose objects.