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.

We offer specifically-designed training sessions to teach you how to prepare before an earthquake, know how to behave during one, and what to do afterwards. By undertaking suitable earthquake preparedness training you can learn how to prepare properly before an earthquake, how best to behave in an earthquake and what to do in the immediate aftermath of a major earthquake. You cannot rely on the emergency services to come and help you straight away as they will be overstretched and may take many hours before they can reach you, if at all. You need to prepare so that you can be self-sufficient for 3-5 days, as an individual, a family or work colleagues.

Amazingly, very few organisations even in the most seismically active areas of the world, perhaps with the exception of California and Japan, have an earthquake contingency plan or provide earthquake preparedness training. Many commercial companies run the risk of their business failing after an earthquake if they do not have a suitable contingency plan or train their staff adequately to prepare for a major earthquake.


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Our courses were first developed for the staff and families of the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran. Subsequently, they have been presented to many organisations, such as banks, other diplomatic missions, private companies, UN agencies and schools, not only in Iran but also in Nepal and Romania. Many hundreds of people have benefitted from these courses thus fur.

See below for comments from previous British Embassy course attendees:

  • “Excellent course – well presented; really professional with detailed information.”
  • “I feel less afraid because I’m more aware of earthquakes and their effects and how I can make a difference!”
  • “A good mix of serious talk and humour meant I was engaged throughout the course.”
  • “Very informative and useful.”
  • “I’ll take earthquake procedures more seriously now.”
  • “Enlightening and enjoyable and very interesting.”
  • “Thank you. This course was great.”
  • “It has improved my understanding of what is expected from me and what actions I should take.”
  • “Great course altogether!”
  • “Well organised and thought provoking – excellent course”
  • “Thanks – simply great!”



"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