DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
- Take quick action to be safe when the ground first starts to shake.
- Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
- Be aware that some Earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger Earthquakes might occur.
- Stay inside and away from windows at the first sign of the earth shaking, if you are in a building.
- Stay in vehicle if you are on the road, don’t stop on a bridge, under or near to electrical poles or close to buildings from which debris may fall.
- Seek cover under a table or bed or sturdy structure if you are in a building
- Drop, Cover, and Hold on. Drop under a heavy desk or table Cover your head and body, and Hold on to the furniture. If you can’t get under something strong, go to an interior wall and sit with your bottom and feet flat on the floor and protect your head. If you are outside, go to an open area.Always protect your head and face.
- Stay away from the kitchen. The kitchen is the highest hazard area in the home. There may be gas or water pipes leaking. This may lead to fire or flooding
- Avoid using elevators as power may fail.
- Try to remain calm and reassure others.
- Wait until you’re certain an earthquake is actually occurring before seeking protection.
- Run outside, and rush for exits. If inside, stay there, if outside, stay there. Move away from windows, glass doors, heavy mirrors, pictures, bookcases, hanging plants and heavy objects. Watch for falling plaster, bricks, light fixtures and other objects. If you are in a store or shop, move away from display shelves containing bottles, cans, or other objects that may fall.
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
- Be aware of Tsunami Threats – move away from direct coastal areas
- Check: for fires; your utilities – shut off if necessary; house for serious damage – evacuate if there’s threat of collapse and for injuries – administer First Aid.
- Collect water. Clear up hazardous materials. Assist
- Be prepared for additional earthquake shocks.
- Turn on a radio for emergency bulletins.
- Stay away from landslide prone areas.
- Stay away from buildings that might have been weakened by the earthquake.
- Keep the streets clear for the passage of emergency. and rescue vehicles
- Light a match or turn on a light switch. Use a flashlight!
- Touch fallen power lines;
- Use telephone except in extreme emergency; except for a medical or fire emergency
- Go sightseeing! Go to the beach to watch for giant sea waves;
- Attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further