Reduce vulnerability in the event of a major earthquake through preparedness training and contingency planning.
If you live, work in, or travel regularly to an area with a high seismic hazard it is essential that you are adequately prepared in case a major earthquake strikes. The United Nations Development Program has stated that the number and severity of casualties among those who have undertaken a degree of preparedness against earthquakes can be up to 30% lower than among those who have not.
Many organisations in earthquake-prone areas do not include earthquake preparedness as part of their contingency planning or restrict it only to providing engineering resilience to their buildings or infrastructure.
- Yet 50% of casualties from a major earthquake may result from being crushed by falling objects or suffering lacerations from broken glass.
- Some 17% of casualties occur after a major earthquake has happened. Many of these potential casualties can be prevented by low-cost and easy preparation.
Professor John Reynolds, MD of Reynolds International Ltd (RIL), has pioneered the development of earthquake preparedness strategies over more than a decade. He has developed particular expertise in this subject that is sought after internationally.
If you are considering visiting an earthquake-prone area, you may find our advice for travellers useful. This has been developed in partnership with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and is also provided as a FREE pdf.
Most earthquakes strike without warning, day or night. If you are not prepared you could easily become a victim.
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