Earthquake Emergency Response Plans (EERP)

Imagine the scene – a major earthquake has just struck. It is 2 pm on a working day. Your entire business function has just come to a halt; your offices have been damaged; goods stored in warehouses have just been wrecked; your distribution system has just disintegrated; some of your staff are lying injured in the rubble. What are you going to do next? Apart from panic, that is!

If your answer is “I don’t know”, then you need to start thinking about preparing an earthquake contingency plan. Research by Chase Manhattan Bank has found that businesses that do not have a tested and workable earthquake contingency plan are more likely to fail or suffer severe financial losses than those that do. They also found that publicly quoted companies can suffer a 15% loss in share value and not regain it if they are not suitably prepared. A well-prepared company may actually gain up to 7% in share value. If you want to maintain your competitive advantage, then you need to be prepared.

In earthquake prone regions, employers have a particular responsibility towards their employees and visitors to ensure their safety wherever possible. Yet it is increasingly the case that most organisations do not have a suitable earthquake emergency response plan, or if they do, it is often out of date or impractical in relation to the likely damage scenarios for relevant design earthquakes. It is essential that organisations have such a plan.


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Strategic earthquake preparedness planning can also be up scaled to regional governments and to national Earthquake Emergency Response Plans.

We have extensive experience in working with Diplomatic Missions, international banks, private companies including FMCG operations, UN agencies, schools, and government departments in earthquake disaster contingency planning.



"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