Before an Earthquake
- Against the occurrence of such emergencies, make sure you keep a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at all times.
- Make up a plan of where to meet your family if an earthquake occurs.
- Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor.
During an Earthquake
- If you’re indoors, stand under a pillar, in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a strong desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
- If you’re outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings too.
- If you’re in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.
- Don’t use elevators.
After an Earthquake
- Turn off water, gas, and electric lines as they might have got damaged. If you smell gas, open all the windows and doors and report it to the authorities. Don’t use a phone in proximity.
- Don’t use matches, candles, or any flame.
- Turn on the radio to obtain rescue and other useful information. Avoid using mobile phones to save battery.
- Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet.
- Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after many minutes of a quake.
- Don’t use elevators till they have been checked for safety.
- Expect aftershocks. These might persist for more than 24 hrs sometimes.