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Napa Earthquake: One Company’s Story of Planning and Recovery

The strongest earthquake in 25 years in Northern California’s Bay Area struck on August 24, 2014, at 3:20 AM Pacific Time. It injured dozens of people, damaged historic buildings in downtown Napa, and turned fireplaces into rubble. The 6.0-magnitude quake struck just six miles southwest of Napa, in California’s famed wine country. There was significant building damage reported and several fires broke out due to broken gas lines. Businesses took a major brunt of the impact with commercial buildings including hotels, wineries, and retailers suffering major losses.

The Napa Whole Foods Market store was no exception. However, the Regional Leadership Team and all of the stores in the Northern California region had just done planning, training, and a company-wide earthquake tabletop exercise just months before. Learn the story of their recovery and how their preparation paid off.


  • Regina Phelps, EMS Solutions Inc.
  • Barb Smith, Whole Foods Market
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