Emergency Procedures
Earthquake Preparedness


The buildings at Pleasanton Corporate Commons are designed in accordance with modern earthquake standards. The buildings are capable of sustaining most earthquakes. It is considered safer to stay inside the buildings than to wander outside after an earthquake.

As with fires, Floor Wardens are expected to maintain a calm and reassuring atmosphere in their areas of responsibility.

Pre-earthquake preparedness:

  1. Secure bookcases, file cabinets and shelves to walls using anchors.
  2. Office of Emergency Services suggests preparing for a 72-hour stay after an earthquake. Recommended items to store are packaged water, portable radio or television, batteries, flashlights, rope, small tools, canned goods, can opener, dried foods, first-aid kits and blankets. It is also suggested that flat shoes be readily available in case of emergencies.

During an earthquake:

  1. Remain calm and reassure others.
  2. Remain in the office, stay clear of windows, glass doors, high file cabinets and shelves.
  3. Duck and cover - take cover underneath tables and desks.
  4. Do not attempt to use the stairs or evacuate the building without being instructed to do so.
  5. If in an elevator and the elevator has stopped. Use the emergency telephone to request assistance. Remain calm, help will arrive as soon as possible.
  6. If fire is a consequence of the earthquake, remain calm and follow guidelines of your Floor Warden.

After an earthquake:

  1. Watch for aftershocks. Watch out for falling glass or objects.
  2. Floor wardens should report injuries to Building Management.
  3. Do not evacuate until told to do so. Listen to instructions.
  4. In the event of a fire, follow emergency response procedures.
  5. Do not use matches, candles or open flames. Gas may be present from broken pipes. Report any gas smell to management.
  6. Turn radio on. Telephones should be used only for emergencies.
  7. Gather tables and group them towards the center of the building.
  8. Move people towards the center of the building. Administer first aid to injured persons.
  9. If evacuation is ordered, stay away from buildings and watch out for falling objects. Do not go sightseeing.

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