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Today’s offering: five things to know about disaster preparedness plans.
As the great D.C. quake reminds us, both at work and at home, it's important to have emergency preparedness plans in place. Here are a few tips and resources to help your plan for whatever the fates might hand you.
Earthquakes can happen to you. Review the Federal Emergency Management Agency's earthquake preparedness information. Though commonly dismissed as one of the consequences of living on the West Coast, earthquakes aren't restricted to California. Granted, Tuesday's D.C. quake was the strongest to shake the East Coast since 1944, but you should still know what to do if the ground starts shaking.
Kick off your heels. Several D.C. attorneys opined yesterday that evacuations should proceed faster in a post-9/11 world. Duly noted. While it's important to remain calm and orderly when evacuating a courthouse or office building, you might impede the evacuation if you're descending 15 flights stairs in high heels. Slip on your commuting shoes on your way out of the office.
Fire! Fire! Fire! Do you know what destroyed San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake? Fire. Earthquakes can cause fires, so brush up on fire preparedness plans. And let's be honest, you're more likely to encounter a D.C. fire than a D.C. quake, so fire safety knowledge is useful.