Checklist For Earthquake Safety

Earthquakes will strike without any warning. That’s why it is important that you remain prepared all through – especially if you live in earthquake-prone areas. Learn what it takes to keep your loved ones safe in case of an earthquake.

How To Prepare

  • Become aware of fire evacuation and earthquake plans.
  • Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school.
  • Each family member should know safe spots in each room.
  • Practice drop, cover and hold on in each safe place.
  • Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
  • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets.
  • Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home.
  • Keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit.

 If You’re Inside

  • Drop, cover and hold on.
  • Move as little as possible.
  • If you are in bed when the earthquake strikes, stay there, curl up and hold on.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops.
  • Be aware that electricity may go out.

 If You’re Outside

  • Find a clear spot and drop to the ground.
  • Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and utility wires.

If You’re In A Car

  • Pull over to a clear location and stop.
  • Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible.
  • If you are in a mountainous area be alert for falling rocks.

If You’re Trapped Under Debris

  • Do not light a match.
  • Do not move about or kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can find you.

After An Earthquake

  • Remember the disaster may continue.
  • Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks.
  • Each time you feel an aftershock, drop, cover and hold on.
  • Check yourself for injuries and get first aid.
  • Put on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
  • Check the building for cracks and damage.
  • Get everyone out if your home is unsafe.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio with you for updated emergency information.
  • If possible, put out small fires.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleach, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately.
  • Help people who require special assistance.
  • Keep animals under your direct control.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.

Your response time is very important when it comes to earthquakes. It is vital that you follow all the response tips that I have included here. More importantly, visit disaster management areas to volunteer and get a firsthand experience.

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