Earthquakes Incident Management

Incident Management Guidelines

Earthquakes are caused by tectonic plate movements that make the ground shift or vibrate, resulting in structural damage that can cause fires, gas leaks, collapsed buildings, flooding due to ruptured pipes, damage to bridges and other structures, and the shattering of fragile structures. Earthquakes can consist of a sequence of foreshocks and aftershocks. Commonly, public utilities and communications are disrupted by severe earthquakes, as are emergency services.
In the event of an earthquake incident occurring, the following points should be addressed:

Floods and Tidal Waves Incident Management

Incident Management Guidelines

Flood effects may be limited to a local event, affecting an individual community in lowlying areas or adjacent to a river, or may be widespread, affecting entire river basins. Floods may occur within a matter of minutes (flash floods), or may develop slowly over a period of days. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away buildings, vehicles, and other structures in its path, occurring with little sign of the rainfall that initiated the event. Tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves or tidal waves, result from a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption, and occur with little if any warning. A tsunami can move hundreds of miles per hour in the open ocean and strike land with waves as high as 100 feet (or more).
In the event of a flood or tidal wave incident occurring, the following points should be addressed:

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