Businesses need to prepare for multiple aspects of responses to earthquakes. The first step is making sure that all facilities in earthquake-prone areas meet local building codes. It is also important to have appropriate planning, often coordinated with local authorities for response top an earthquake, including an evacuation plan, fire prevention, containment of hazardous materials, liaison procedures with emergency responders, and a gathering point at which people congregate (to insure everyone is safe or alert rescue staff to number of missing people). Another major area of preparedness is recovery procedures. This includes regular off-site backup of all company data, and an emergency recovery site (usually leased office space and computing facilities) where your business can continue to operate despite damage to physical plants.