In case of earthquake
Before an earthquake
• Get information about the seismic classification of your municipality. You must know what standards to adopt for buildings, who to refer to and what measures are foreseen in case of an emergency.
• Find out where and how to close gas, water and electricity mains off. These supply services may be damaged during an earthquake.
• Avoid keeping heavy items on shelves that are particularly high. Heavy furniture ought to be secured to the wall, because it might fall on you.
• Keep a first aid kit, a torch, a battery run radio and a fire extinguisher at home. Make sure every member of the family knows where they are stored.
• Find out if an emergency contingency plan has been issued at school or at work, because by following the instructions you can be involved in emergency management during a quake.
During an earthquake
• If you are indoors seek shelter under doorways built in load bearing walls or under support beams. These safety precautions could protect you during a quake.
• Take cover under a table.
It’s dangerous to be close to furniture, heavy objects and glass, they might fall on you.
• Do not use the stairs or elevator. Sometimes stairs are the weakest part of the building and elevators can get stuck and impede your escape.
• If you are driving do not stop near bridges, unstable terrain or beaches.
They could collapse, crack or be hit by a tsunami wave.
• If you are outdoors stay away from buildings and power lines. They could collapse.
• tay away from industrial plants and power lines, to avoid accidents.
• Stay away from lakes, beaches and coastlines. There may be tsunami waves.
• Avoid wandering around. Get to the gathering areas identified by the municipal plan. Avoid getting close to dangerous areas.
• Avoid using phones and vehicles.
Leave phone lines and roads free so as not to hamper rescue after a quake.
After an earthquake
• Ascertain the health conditions of the people around you.
Aid those in need this will help the relief operators
• Do not move the seriously injured.
You could worsen their condition
• Caution while leaving the house leave the house. Wear shoes.
You may be hurt by rubble and glass on the street
• Get to an open area far from building and dangerous structures.
They could fall on you