Severe Weather and Natural Disasters
The U.S. Weather Service reports the movement of severe weather that may present a threat to metropolitan area. Tenants have the choice of evacuating or remaining in the building during a severe weather alert. If your company decides to evacuate the building, notify the Incident Commander of your intention to do so. If an early alert is given by the U.S. Weather Service and a decision is made to remain in the building, certain steps can be taken to prepare for the severe weather.
Tenants should maintain an inventory of first aid and emergency supplies to be used during severe weather.
Notify the management office of all leaks, fires, and structural or other damage during or after the storm.
If informed by the U.S. Weather Service that severe weather is imminent, follow the steps below:
- Move to core areas of the building
- Take cover in an interior hallway
- Stay away from doors and windows
- Close perimeter doors behind you
Major Natural Disasters
Disasters and emergencies affecting large areas can sometimes develop quickly. Flash floods and earthquakes, for example, can strike with little or no advance warning. Perhaps the most basic thing to remember is to KEEP CALM. In the event of a disaster or emergency: Keep your radio or television set tuned to hear weather reports and forecasts (issued by The National Weather Service) as well as other information and advice that may be broadcast by your local government. Use your telephone only to report disaster events to the Downtown Seattle Police Department or Downtown Seattle Fire Department (depending on the nature of the emergency) and Property Management. If you tie-up phone lines simply to get information, you may prevent emergency calls from being completed. Stay away from disaster area. Follow the advice and instructions of authorities in charge.
- Keep an earthquake preparedness kit on hand. Include the following:
- Food and water– at minimum, a 3 day supply (a 7 day supply is ideal)
- First Aid kit and First Aid manual
- Large and small heavy-duty plastic bags, duct tape and scissors
- Extra prescriptions and eyewear
- Heavy-duty shoes and gloves
- Extra clothing, and a whistle
- Rescue tools
- Portable TV and/or radio with extra batteries
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Cash (ATMs and credit cards may not work)
- Emergency Phone List, including family at work, school, daycare, etc.
- Long-distance message check-in phone number
- Cell phone
During an Earthquake
Most earthquake-induced injuries are caused by falling objects or debris that has become dislodged by the quake. During an earthquake, please observe the following:
- Remain calm, do not panic.
- Stay in the office area.
- Take cover under tables, desks, or strong doorways.
- Keep away from windows and glass doors.
- Keep clear of filing cabinets, shelves and tall stacks of materials.
- Check for any injured personnel and administer first aid where necessary.
- Floor Wardens should assess damage and injuries and be prepared to expedite evacuation of serious cases.
- In the event of a fire resulting from an earthquake, follow the fire emergency procedures.
Following an Earthquake
- Be prepared for aftershocks. While aftershocks are generally smaller than the earthquake that generates them, they can cause additional damage.
- If you smell gas, notify the Building Office or Security immediately.
- Check immediate location– make sure you are safe.
- Check for injuries and apply first aid as needed. Be prepared for an absence of immediate emergency services, and be prepared to help yourself and others.
- Extinguish any fires. Do not light matches. Do not smoke.
- Listen for news or pertinent instructions on the radio or television.
- Do not use the telephone unless you have a dire emergency; ensure that all telephone receivers are properly mated to their cradles.
- Conserve, and responsibly ration food and water.
It is advantageous both to our Customers and the property management staff that the building be evacuated as expediently as possible once hurricane preparations have been made in each Customer’s suite. (See below)
- It is advisable for all Customers to make necessary preparations for their suite as follows:
- Raise all mini-blinds within the suite.
- Disconnect all computers or other machines and remove any units located in window wall offices.
- Waterproof tarpaulins can be useful in covering desks and filing cabinets.
- Clear all desks, credenzas and filing cabinets of loose articles and store in file cabinets.
- All major Customers, and those with significant computer or after-hours operations are encouraged to implement their own written Hurricane Emergency plan to deal with operation and protection of their systems and personnel.
If a hurricane is imminent, Customers should initiate and complete office preparation in sufficient time to allow employees to leave work to secure their homes prior to the expected arrival of gale force winds. The Building Management will be monitoring U.S. Weather Bureau reports and will advise Customer companies of changes in weather conditions for their own evacuation decisions.
Always notify the Building Management Office upon evacuation of your space.
A temporary interruption of the water supply may result in the disruption of building services. Without water, it is not possible to maintain sanitary conditions or building cooling systems. Additionally, water interruption limits the Fire Department’s ability to extinguish fires.