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Earthquake Safety Tips – Here’s What to Do

Earthquake tragedies throughout the globe continue to remind us all of the suddenness with which an natural disaster can hit…, and the devastation that it can wreak.

Whether you are a resident of an “earthquake prone area” or merely a tourist that happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, knowing what to do is essential.

The real key to surviving an earthquake and reducing your risk of injury lies in planning, preparing, and practicing what you and your family will do if it happens.

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One of the key things you can do before a disaster is to take some basic training in both Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support. You should also acquire sufficient battery powered flashlights and test them regularly.

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Battery powered radios and televisions can be essential in the immediate post-disaster period. You should be familiar with the exits and escape routes wherever you are staying, be it your own home, an office or a hotel.

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During Crisis

During a major earthquake, you may hear a roaring or rumbling sound that gradually grows louder. You may feel a rolling sensation that starts out gently and, within a second or two, grows violent.

Alternatively, you may first be jarred by a violent jolt. A second or two later, you may feel shaking and find it difficult to stand up or move from one room to another.

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Indoor Safety

  • According to the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the best way to avoid getting squashed during an earthquake is to curl up in areas most likely to become voids in case of the building collapsing. Voids are spaces created around large objects such as a desk, bed, couch, filing cabinet etc., and if a person is in a void when the building collapses, he will most likely survive.
  • Stay away from glass and hanging objects, and bookcases, china cabinets, or other large furniture that could fall. Watch for falling objects, such as bricks from fireplaces and chimneys, light fixtures, wall hangings, high shelves, and cabinets with doors that could swing open. Grab something to shield your head and face from falling debris and broken glass.
  • Use a battery-operated flashlight if the lights go out. Don’t use candles, matches, or lighters during or after the earthquake. If there is a gas leak, an explosion could result.
  • If you are in the kitchen, quickly turn off the stove and take cover at the first sign of shaking.
  • Never ever use the elevators during the earthquake.
  • If you are in a crowded public place, don’t rush for the doorways. Others will have the same idea. Move away from display shelves containing objects that may fall. If you can, take cover and grab something to shield your head and face from falling debris and glass.
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