seismic haz
More info
for EPS 20
Richard Allen
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley

Preparedness: In an office

These guidliness come from the UC Berkeley Office of Emergency Preparedness.

See what happens to a typical office during an earthquake.

More video and info on this CUREE-Caltech Woodframe shake-table test.

Before it Happens

  • Brace or rearrange your office furniture to minimize falling hazards. Bolt book cases and filing cabinets to the wall. Do not put heavy items or full boxes on tall furniture.
  • If bracing is not feasible, move tall furniture away from exits.
  • Do not use tall bookcases or cabinets as room dividers.
  • Do not stack bookcases or file cabinets.
  • Keep books on shelves with restraint bars or cords.
  • Securely anchor your computer, VDT, and printer to the desk or workstation.
  • Back up your computer(s) frequently. Keep the disks at a separate location.
  • Familiarize yourself with your building's emergency procedures, and ask your Building Coordinator for help in making preparations.
  • Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Share this information with others.

During and After an Earthquake

  • When a quake starts, take cover under a desk or table, and hold on.
  • If you are in a hallway, drop to the floor and cover your head and neck.
  • Stay covered until the shaking has clearly stopped.
  • Evacuate everyone to your building's Emergency Assembly Area (EAA), identified on the emergency signage in the building.
  • Never use elevators.
  • Wait at the EAA for help and instructions. Report any trapped people or hazardous situations.
  • Listen to radio for announcements (KALX 90.7 FM in Bay Area).