Prepare Your Workplace
Prepare your Work Place
You probably spend at least eight hours a day or more at work, so you
should prepare for disaster in your work place just as you prepare at
Know your work place:
- Be aware of safe places (i.e. under heavy tables or desks; corner
of rooms) and dangerous places (i.e. near windows, tall insecure bookcases)
around your work area.
- Know the locations of fire extinguishers and first aid equipment
(enquire with St. John Ambulance (604) 321-7242 or Red Cross (604)
709-6600 if you would like to take first aid training courses).
- Know who the floor wardens and first aid attendants in your work
are. These people will help during an evacuation.
- Know the safe evacuation routes from your work area. Contact your
floor warden or security if you don't know or if routes have not been
What to do during an emergency:
- Listen to instructions from authorized personnel and/or emergency
broadcast reports on radio and TV.
- Be aware of co-workers and customers with special needs.
- Arrange with your family to have an out-of-area telephone contact
to help coordinate your family's whereabouts.
- Familiarize yourself with your child's daycare and/or school earthquake
plan, and establish arrangements for the care of your child, if separated.
- Have emergency supplies available both at home and at work. Remember
that power may be disrupted, water could be contaminated and phone
lines could be damaged. Your emergency kit should be able to sustain
you for at least 72 hours.
Some suggestions for a workplace kit include:
- Thick-soled shoes
- High energy food bar
- Warm jacket
- Foil water pouches or bottled water
- First Aid Supplies
- Medications and medical information
- Spare eyeglasses
- AM/FM portable radio
- Wallet-size photo of family and friends
- Blanket Money (especially coins)
- Pen/pencil and paper
- City Map
Keep this kit somewhere easily accessible in your work place.
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