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Stories From The California ShakeOut

We discussed what to do in an actual earthquake. Here at a surgery center we have some unique issues. Most of our furniture in the clinical side is on wheels, and seldom locked due to frequent moving. So we not only had to consider the usual items falling off walls, and the ceiling, but all the furniture that would be rolling around. We also had to consider what to do with patients in beds who have no way to duck and cover. We normally lock gurneys that patients are in, and we would simply have to cover them with blankets and pillows, or get them on the floor with us if they are able to move. While there are no hard and fast rules, at least the staff are aware of the issues we have, and in the future will be prepared and not surprised.

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The Great California ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!