Safety During Earthquakes
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- If you are in a structurally sound building, protect yourself by getting under a sturdy table or desk and holding on to it while shaking occurs; or you can also protect your head with your arms.
- If you are inside a moving vehicle, do not attempt to cross bridges, overpasses, or flyovers which may have been damaged.
- If you are near the shore and feel an earthquake, it is safest to assume that a tsunami might occur. Move to higher ground.
- If you are outside, move to an open area. Stay away from power lines, posts and concrete structures that may fall or collapse.
- Move away from mountainous areas or near a steep hill slope where landslides might occur.
- Stay calm and don't panic. Once the shaking stops, take the fastest and safest way out of a building in an orderly and calm manner. Do not use elevators. Use the stairs.
- Check yourself and others for injuries. Administer first aid if you are trained to do so. Otherwise, seek immediate assistance from nearby authorities if necessary.
- Do not enter partially damaged buildings after an earthquake. Strong aftershocks may cause these structures to collapse.
- Check for spills of chemicals, toxic and flammable materials to avoid potentially disastrous situations.
- Check for fires and if there are any, have them extinguished.
- Check water and electrical lines for damage; if any damage is suspected, switch off water and electricity.
- Should you decide to evacuate, leave a note stating where you will go.
- Bring along items essential for your survival. Do not overbuden yourself.
- Follow offical advisories and warnings.
- Avoid needless telephone and road use to allow authorities unhampered use of these for relief and rescue operations.
Source: Safe Ka Ba? from NDCC-OCD