Earthquake Safety (Part II)

If you live in an area that has frequent earthquakes then you need to have an emergency kit.

Make a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact. Come up with a plan where to meet if you get split up.

Create a supply kit that has plenty of water and food for about three days, also putting in the kit a fire extinguisher, flashlight, and a whistle. Consider every person’s particular needs, such as medication. Have extra charging devices for phones, batteries, and other vital equipment. Remember the needs of pets and service animals.

Consider getting an earthquake insurance policy. A regular homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover earthquake damage.

Consider making remodels to your building to repair structural problems that can cause your building to fall during an earthquake.
 

Keep Yourself Safe After an Earthquake

If an earthquake has just occurred, there can be severe hazards like leaking gas and water lines, damage to the building, or downed power lines. You will have aftershocks right after the mainshock of an earthquake.

Inspect yourself to see if you are hurt and help others if you have knowledge. Learn how to be the help until help comes.

If you are in an injured building, go outside and swiftly move away from the building. Do not enter ravaged buildings. If you are trapped, shield your nose, mouth, and eyes from dust. Bang on a pipe or wall, send a text or use a whistle instead of screaming to help rescuers find you.

If you are in a place that might experience tsunamis, go inland or to higher ground quickly after the shaking stops. Text messages might be more dependable than phone calls. Save phone calls for emergencies.

Once you are secure and safe, listen to local news reports for instructions and emergency information via social media, radio, TV, or from cell phone text alerts. 

Be cautious during post-disaster cleanup of buildings and around debris. Do not try to eliminate heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing (long pants, long-sleeved shirt, work gloves, and durable, thick-soled shoes) during cleanup.

Earthquake Safety (Part I)

Earthquakes are unpredictable so knowing how to stay safe during one is essential. 

Unlike other sorts of natural disasters, earthquakes can occur at any time, without any warning. Being ready for an earthquake will be all the difference in being able to safeguard yourself, your family or your residence in case of an earthquake. Keep reading to find out how to prepare your home and loved ones for an earthquake, as well as what to do during and after an earthquake to be safe.

  • If an earthquake occurs, safeguard yourself right away. 
  • If you are in a car, stop it and put the car in park.
  • If you are in bed, turn face down and protect your neck and head with a pillow.
  • Do not go outside.
  • Do not be in a doorway.

Drop: Drop wherever you are onto your knees and hands. If you’re using a walker or wheelchair, be sure your wheels are locked and stay seated until the shaking stops.

Cover: Cover your neck and head with your arms. If a durable desk or table is nearby, get beneath it for shelter. If no shelter is close by, crawl next to an interior wall away from windows. Crawl only if you can get to better cover without going through a spot with more debris. Remain on your knees or bent over to safeguard vital organs.

Hold on: If you are under a desk or table, hold on with one hand and be prepared to move with it if it moves. If you can’t find a desk or table, cover your neck and head with both hands and arms. If seated and you can’t drop to the floor, bend forward, cover your head with your arms, and cover your neck with both hands.

Prepare Before an Earthquake

The best time to prepare for any disaster is before it happens.

Secure heavy things in your house such as TVs, bookcases, refrigerators, and things that hang on walls. Store breakable and heavy objects on low shelves.