Business/Industry

Employee and Staff Safety:

Businesses can benefit greatly by becoming part of the Earthquake Early Warning System. Employee and staff safety is, and always will be the number one priority for all businesses. The Earthquake Early Warning System may provide advance notice to an earthquake that has occurred, allowing your employees and staff, time to take protective actions, reducing the potential for injury and falls prior to the arrival of the severe shaking of the earthquake.

Infrastructure Protection:

The ShakeAlert Earthquake Early System can help provide numerous options to help protect the critical infrastructure of your business. The ability to shut down and save your IT and communications systems can save thousands to millions of dollars in lost data. Shutting down equipment, being able to slow rail and other transit systems, having the ability to isolate electrical and critical water and gas pipelines can save thousands of man hours and millions of dollars in repair and replacement costs. It can also help you return to service in a fraction of the time.

Environmental Protection:

The options available to your business using the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System can help shut down critical pipelines for water, gas, and hazardous materials prior to the damaging earthquake shaking. This in turn can assist in the prevention of a disaster within a disaster, (oil leak into a waterway during the severe shaking of the earthquake). Preparing for these potential environmental problems prior to the earthquake event can increase public appreciation for your business due to your diligence in working to prevent environmental disasters. 

Business/Industry:

The lead time afforded by the Early Earthquake Warning System can alert people in larger business and industrial sites to initiate their emergency and disaster plans, which include having employees and visitors Drop, Cover and Hold On, prior to the damaging shaking of the earthquake, reducing the probability of injury to staff, employees and visitors. Upon the warning notice, Hospitals can initiate disaster plans to protect patients and staff. Delicate procedures and surgeries can be quickly halted, protecting the patients from additional trauma, as well as, staff initiating emergency procedures to protect themselves and hospital patients. Large industrial sites can install automatic shut off valves to help systems begin to shut down for products such as natural gas, fuels, and hazardous materials which can prevent disasters within a disaster, saving millions in environmental and infrastructure damages. Rail Transit systems can begin slowing trains upon receipt of the warning notice significantly reducing rider injuries and damages to trains. **

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The lead time afforded by the Early Earthquake Warning System can alert people in the workplace to initiate their emergency and disaster plans, which include having employees and visitors Drop, Cover and Hold On, prior to the damaging shaking of the earthquake, reducing the probability of injury to staff, employees and visitors. Early Earthquake Warning Projects such as having all elevators return to the closest floor upon the alert, helping to reduce the probability of injury to occupants, who might otherwise be trapped inside the elevator as the effects of the earthquake damage impact the elevator shaft, elevator car and everyone inside. Other projects such as having all doors within the building, automatically open upon alert notification, so once the earthquake shaking ends, people have easy egress from offices, rooms and the building itself.

1933 Long Beach, CA EQ
Damage on Balboa Boulevard
Both gas and water pipes burst beneath Balboa Boulevard north of the Simi Valley Freeway from the force of the main shock, creating this bizarre and destructive combination of fire and water. (photo: Kerry Sieh)
1994 Northridge Earthquake – Water and Gas line damage
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