Earthquake Preparedness

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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Non-Structural vulnerability assessment of buildings and advice of mitigation

You can reduce your own vulnerability to becoming a casualty in a major earthquake by making some simple and cheap...

Institutional earthquake contingency planning

Experience in earthquake-prone areas like Japan and California suggests that when communities know how to prepare for an earthquake, the number of casualties can be reduced by over a third compared with unprepared communities...

General guidance when visiting an earthquake-prone country

The information provided below is general guidance that follows best international practice. It is also based on experience of Reynolds International Ltd (RIL) staff...

Earthquake Emergency Response Plans (EERP)

It is important that surveys are properly specified so that they yield the information you want, not just what a geophysical contractor wants to give you. Through strict specifications you can ensure that your surveys yield the best data quality and...



"CEGS have known of Reynolds International Ltd, previously Reynolds Geo-Sciences Ltd, since the mid-1990s and have utilised their services over the years for specific surveying in the former underground coal and iron ore fields of West Cumbria. As a lead consultant, we have used Reynolds International to successfully locate and define both the underground workings and the mine entries that pose a hazard to the built environment, especially shafts in the iron ore workings. Additionally, we have also enrolled on the CPD training courses that are organised by Professor John Reynolds and these provide an invaluable update to our professional skills. We will continue to use Reynolds International as our preferred specialist Geophysical consultancy because of the consistent high professional standards that are applied to every project."

Dennis R. E. Dickins, CEGS, Cumbria

"The British Embassy, Bucharest, has been working with Professor John Reynolds, of Reynolds International Ltd, since 2008 in order to ensure that the Embassy’s earthquake and emergency planning is up to date; and that all staff, dependents and the British community, for which the Embassy has a responsibility, are briefed on the causes, the preparations and the relevant actions in the event of an earthquake. Professors Reynolds’s knowledge, advice and guidance has been invaluable in ensuring that the embassy’s plan is as up to date and in an as workable format as possible. His knowledge is second to none and his guidance is clear concise and in an understandable format."

B A Davidson – HM Consul, Head of Corporate Services, Bucharest, Romania

"The earthquake preparedness training course provided by Professor John M. Reynolds for BAT Romania’ employees during 3 days in February this year was a well designed and tailored course given the high seismic hazard area where Romania is located. The main aim of the course was to provide our employees with necessary information to help them to reduce their own vulnerability at work, in their out-of-work activities and in their family lives. I was very pleased with the results of the training and, most importantly, I have received very positive feedback from participants. I recommend this course for other commercial organizations in Romania or abroad."

Eugen Stan, Business Security Manager