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8 ways to prepare your business for the next earthquake

 

¿Sabías que en México hay un sismo de magnitud superior a 6 casi cada 5 meses? Proteger  tu empresa,  tus bienes, tus edificios y especialmente tus empleados ante un terremoto es primordial: es una necesidad para todas las compañías. Para que tengas más tranquilidad, desde Grillo te aconsejamos seguir unas cuantas reglas.
 
 
¿Por qué es necesario proteger a tu empresa de las consecuencias de un sismo? 
Los sismos son fenómenos destructivos y pueden tener un impacto sobre la vida y sobre la infraestructura. Como consecuencia del sismo del 19 de septiembre de 2017, 369 personas fallecieron en el país, muchas fueron gravemente heridas, algunos de los casos, ocurrieron aún después de concluido el sismo.  
 
Los terremotos también tienen un costo económico: según las estimaciones del Gobierno de México, el terremoto del 19 de Septiembre tuvo un impacto económico estimado en más de $2 billones USD.  Ese costo resultó de la interrupción de servicios públicos pero también de la destrucción de bienes,  así como de las pérdidas registradas para las empresas al interrumpir la operación de sus negocios durante varios días después del sismo principal.
 

We know that earthquakes can’t be predicted days ahead of time, so prepare in advance to minimize the consequences and guarantee the continuation of your business operations.

Impacto del sismo de Sept 17 sobre CDMX 

 

Algunos consejos para que todo salga bien

The good news is that with the implementation of some simple rules, it is possible to reduce the impact of the majority of consequences from an earthquake that can save you and your business if an earthquake occurs tomorrow.

 

#1 Create an emergency kit

After an earthquake your office may lose electricity, internet, telephone and water for days. Consider that if your colleagues are trapped in the building, potentially injured, this may save their lives… Discover here how to create a good kit!

#2 Prepare your building to minimize damages

Establish secure areas in your office where people can seek refuge during an earthquake, such as near structural elements like columns, and away from windows. Verify that furniture is fixed where possible, that emergency exits are well signed, and that an emergency kit is available on all floors. Ensure that your building meets all fire regulations requirements for your area.

#3 Prepare an emergency plan with your colleagues…

…so that everyone knows what to do.

  • Who are responsible for evacuation?
  • Where are the points of reunion?
  • How will the employees know that they can return to their building?

Organize training sessions frequently with existing and new employees, to verify that everyone understands precisely the rules that may save their lives.

#4 Create a business continuity plan
  • Identify employees, protocols, and assets that are essential for your business to keep operating
  • Consider how long you can survive financially without business revenue, and calculate the potential economic impact of an earthquake.
  • Do you know how you will communicate with your key suppliers?
  • How will you keep providing service to your clients?
#5 Keep your documents safe

Gather your insurance contracts, contact lists, employee documents, IT backups, etc… You can put them in a fireproof container, or better yet, in the cloud.

#6 Consider how you know if your building is safe after an earthquake

Did you know that the majority of the affected in the 2017 Mexico earthquake suffered the collapse of their buildings minutes or hours after the shaking? Knowing if its safe to return to the building after an earthquake is a necessity! If you don’t know how to identify damages to your structure, read this article regarding our new solution Grillo Pulse – I think you may be interested 🙂

#6 Don’t forget your plan

Organize frequent drills so that everyone knows what to do in an emergency. After the drill, ask your colleagues for feedback and revise your plan with this information.

#7 The last stage, consider getting real-time information about the potential that an earthquake affects your location.

This is something we also do at Grillo and it can help activate your evacuation protocols as early as possible.

 

If you have any questions or what to discover what solution we can implement together to improve the resilience of your building in case of an earthquake get in touch here!

 

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