Earthquakes and Film Production: What to do when the Earth Moves
October 26, 2012 • David Hamilton
If you are indoors on a film production set or in a film production office...
Drop, cover and hold on:
- Drop under heavy furniture such as a table, desk, or any solid furniture.
- Cover your head and torso to prevent being hit by falling objects.
- Hold onto the object that you are under so that you remain covered.
If outdoors on a film location:
- Stay outside.
- Go to an open area away from buildings. The most dangerous place is
near exterior walls.
- If you’re in a crowded area, take cover where you won’t be trampled.
If in a production or picture vehicle:
- Pull over to a safe place where you are not blocking the road.
- Avoid bridges, overpasses, underpasses, buildings or any structure that could collapse.
- Stop the vehicle and stay inside.
- Listen to your car radio for instructions from emergency officials.
- If power lines are down, do not attempt to get out of the car.
Avoid the following in an earthquake:
- Doorways, which can slam shut and cause injuries.
- Windows, bookcases, tall furniture and light fixtures, which can shatter or lead to other injuries.
- Elevators: get out as soon as you can.
- If you’re near a coastline in a high risk area during a strong earthquake, immediately move inland or to higher ground until officials declare the area safe.
Front Row is experienced with insuring productions against earthquakes: ask us how.