What to do when an Earthquake strikes

Experiencing a significant earthquake can be unnerving, but staying calm and knowing how to respond is crucial for your safety.

Jan 18, 2024 - 08:48
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What to do when an Earthquake strikes

In the event of an earthquake, quick decisions can make a life-saving difference. Let's go over some essential actions to take when an earthquake occurs.

1. Earthquake Occurs

  • Stay Calm, Protect Yourself
  • Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, like a desk, to shield yourself from falling furniture and objects.
  • Quickly extinguish any flames, turn off gas valves, and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
  • Open Doors and Windows, Secure an Escape Route
  • Check for fire hazards and, if safe, open doors and windows to secure escape routes.
  • In areas prone to tsunamis or landslides, evacuate immediately (within 1-2 minutes).

2. 1-2 Minutes Passed

  • Confirm Fire Sources, Initial Firefighting
  • Confirm the source of fires and extinguish them promptly.
  • Ensure the safety of your family members.
  • Put on shoes to protect your feet from glass shards and debris.
  • Have an emergency kit with essentials ready (within 3 minutes).
  • Check on Neighbors, Be Cautious of Aftershocks
  • Check the safety of neighbors, especially the elderly or those living alone.

Be cautious of aftershocks; they often follow significant earthquakes (within 5 minutes).

3. 5-10 Minutes Passed

  • Verify Information through Radio, Minimize Phone Use
  • Use a radio to verify information; avoid being misled by misinformation.
  • Minimize phone use to keep lines open for emergency calls.
  • Avoid using cars, except in specific regions (e.g., mountainous areas).
  • Leave Visible Notes for Departure
  • If leaving your home, leave a visible note indicating your destination.
  • Continue fire prevention measures by shutting off gas and electricity (within 5-10 minutes).

4. 10 Minutes - Several Hours Passed

  • Firefighting and Rescue Operations
  • Cooperate with neighbors in firefighting and rescue efforts.
  • Report emergencies to local authorities such as the fire department.

Exercise caution, as aftershocks may still occur (within several hours).

5. Up to 3 Days

  • Sustain with Emergency Supplies
  • Rely on stocked essentials for up to three days as external support may be delayed.
  • Stay informed through city announcements and updates on damages.
  • Avoid entering damaged buildings and remain vigilant against aftershocks.

6. During Evacuation Period

  • Follow the Lead of Self-Defense Groups
  • Follow the guidance of local self-defense groups for coordinated actions.
  • Adhere to rules for communal living, emphasizing mutual support and avoiding close contact.
  • Prioritize hygiene practices and avoid overcrowded spaces.

Remember, preparedness and calm action are key elements in ensuring your safety during an earthquake. Share this information with fellow residents to foster a supportive and secure community.

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