July 29th, 2008 1:47 pm |
Well the big story of the day was the 5.4 earthquake that Southern California experienced earlier today. I was at work talking to a co-worker when there was an initial shake, then a pause, then followed by more shaking. I estimate the quake moved the ground for about 10 seconds. Being the operations guy in the building, you would think I had my procedures down and ducked for cover under the desk.
But, no. I froze actually. I stared out the window and watched as the windows wobbled in the other buildings. I also remember looking up and seeing the mights and the exposed HVAC ducts shaking above me. Once the shaking stopped, most people headed out of the building. I continued on with work – not realizing that I should have left the building as well. A few minutes later, I got up and decided to do a site survey of the our three buildings to make sure there wasn’t anything that needed attention. Luckily, the inspection yielded no results. I even got a chuckle from several employees that I was doing a site survey.
But as Operations/Facilities, that’s my job right? Well one thing that was abundantly clear, the company doesn’t have any established protocols around disaster situations. Looks like I’ll be drafting up some suggestions for new protocols soon.
All in all, Southern California weathered this one and we were all very lucky. This could have easily been worse.The epicenter was in Chino Hills and shook with a 5.4 n th Richter Scale.
Life continues on.