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Checklists and tips for preparing for Great Utah ShakeOut, natural disasters

Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 1:35 p.m. MDT

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Ravell Call, Deseret News
If you work outside the home, a third or more of your life is spent at work. That means there’s a decent chance that disaster will strike when you’re not at home. Luckily, many of the steps to emergency preparedness at home still work at the office.

— Have an emergency kit that can sustain you for at least three days.
— Have a plan for communicating to loved ones and co-workers who are in and out of the office.
— Be familiar with building evacuation routes and employee meeting areas.
— Employers should prepare to house employees at the office for an extended period of time. That means food and water, first aid and sanitation needs.
— Run through regular fire drills and earthquake drills, such as the Great Utah ShakeOut on April 17.
— Understand who is in charge during an emergency. It may not be the CEO.
— Look around to find furniture or office supplies that could fall on you.
— Are critical computers or servers kept off the floor and out of basements that can flood?

Be Ready Utah offers training to businesses to help them prepare. The program, called Ready Your Business, takes you through 12 steps of preparedness.

Click here to read more about what to do and how to prepare in case disaster strikes while you're commuting to or from work.
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