Just like floods, earthquakes can happen anywhere. Which is why it is so important to have an earthquake preparedness plan in action, and be aware of any educational earthquake preparedness websites, events, and courses. So that when an earthquake strikes, you and your loved ones are prepared.
Earthquake Preparedness for Beginners
Before an Earthquake
- Secure Heavy Items– Anchor book cases and dressers to walls, move beds away from windows, and secure any items hanging above a bed, crib, or sitting furniture.
- Frequently Practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold”– This simply entails dropping to the ground, get under something secure like a doorway or table, and hold on. If you cant get under anything, crouch down where you are and cover your head and neck with your arms.
- Store Emergency Supplies– This would consist of water, 72 hr. kits, etc. which can all be found on the PREPIFY APP!
- Evaluate your Home– Contact a structural engineer to have them evaluate your home and ask them questions about what you can do to improve the structure of your home so that it can better withstand and earthquake.
During an Earthquake
- Drop to the Ground– When an earthquake begins, drop your hands and knees so that the earthquake doesn’t know you over.
- Find Protective Covering– As listed above, when an earthquake happens, find something sturdy to get under. If you cant find anything, cover you head and neck with your arms and make sure you aren’t near any windows or projectiles.
- Stay Where you Are– Even though you will want to flee, it is very important to stay were you are at until the earthquake is over. If you are outside, make sure you away from wires, building and streetlights. And, if you are in your car, park it as safely as you can and remain inside of it until the shaking stops.
After an Earthquake
- Look Around– Before moving, look for the clearest path to safety. Once you have located that, take it and make your way outside to an open space that’s away from any damage.
- Stay Where you are if you’re Trapped– If you are trapped, stay where you are. Trying to move can kick up dust. If you have a cell phone and can reach it, use it to call for help. Or, if you don’t have or can’t reach your cell phone, tap on a pipe or wall or make any noise that you can so that someone can find you.
- Check In– Once you are safe, check in with your local news for emergency instructions and information.
- Be Cautious– While cleaning up after an earthquake, Wear protective glove, goggles, and breathing masks. And make sure to keep an eye out for falling debris, loose or downed electric wires, broken glass, and anything else that could harm you.