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.