At 10:20 Thursday morning, every employee and visitor to our Orange County headquarters dropped to the floor, took cover under a sturdy piece of furniture and held on. We then all exited the building and met up in the parking lot (many of us in hardhats). We weren’t looking for dust bunnies or to gossip about the latest episode of the Real Housewives, we were doing something much more important – participating in the Great California ShakeOut.
You may be wondering why we took the ShakeOut so seriously. It’s because we, along with emergency managers around the country, know the importance of practicing our planning. There is no way we can truly anticipate what we’ll go through physically and mentally in the event of a major quake, but we can prepare for it.
By practicing our response, our organization is doing what it can to ensure our employees know how to react, where to meet and how to get in touch following a disaster. What would you do if “the big one” happened at your office? Does your company have a plan? And, more importantly, do you know what it is? If not, you may want to add it to your to do list. It just might save your life.