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.