A reminder from Hurricane Ian—How is your emergency water looking?

The Storm of the Century If you’re like me, you were inundated with news of Hurricane Ian tearing through Florida last week. After devastating Puerto Rico and Cuba, Ian jumped to a Category 5 hurricane, with gale-force 155 mile-per-hour winds and double-digit feet of storm surge as it barreled down on the southwest coast of Read more about A reminder from Hurricane Ian—How is your emergency water looking?[…]

Which emergency procedure should we use – “Triangle of Life” or “Drop, Cover, Hold”?

Anyone that has dealt with emergencies procedures for schools in California, specifically earthquakes, has most likely heard of the “Triangle for Life” or been asked why they are not using that process in schools. We will not debate the merits of “Triangle of Life”, but will simply say that the reason it is not used Read more about Which emergency procedure should we use – “Triangle of Life” or “Drop, Cover, Hold”?[…]

Do I have to secure bookcases to the wall?

Yes, you should to prevent these types of items from tipping over during an earthquake.  This could be covered under the Title 8 (Cal-OSHA) general duty clause – which covers everything.   But, we found something a little better and more relevant to the issue.  While the book is  older and very difficult to find, it Read more about Do I have to secure bookcases to the wall?[…]

Are earhquake drills required in schools?

The short answer is “yes”.  They are required.  They are referred to in the California Education Code as a “drop procedure.”   Private Schools are required to establish procedures.  Public Schools are required to conduct the drop procedure and shall hold them at least once each school quarter in elementary schools and at least once Read more about Are earhquake drills required in schools?[…]