The earthquake that occurred in Magna, Utah on March 18th served as a wakeup call for many of us that we live in a seismically active region of the world. While many organizations have response and recovery plans in place, often these plans remain largely untested. With the Great Utah Shakeout occurring this week, it is an excellent time to reassess our emergency response plans and identify areas for improvement that will help our organizations be more resilient and increase our capability to respond and recover to a major earthquake.
In addition to all of the excellent material available on preparing for an earthquake, there are two considerations we would like to review, which often remain overlooked.
There are several factors that improve the safety and reduce the likelihood of major damage of our facilities during a major earthquake, some of these include:
It is important to understand how your property insurance policy will respond in the event of a major earthquake. Insurance coverage in this area may be provided on the standard property policy, or on a separate earthquake policy, or a combination of the two. There are a few areas you will want to evaluate: