Begins,Before, During, After, and Saftey About Earthquakes?
If Shaking Begins
- If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
- If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
- Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
- Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
Before An Earthquake
- Store flamable liquids away from potential ignition sources such as water heaters, stoves and furnaces.
- Stock up on emergency supplies. These include: battery operated radio (and extra batteries), flashlights (and extra batteries), first aid kit, bottled water, two weeks food and medical supplies, blankets, cooking fuel, tools needed to turn off your gas, water and electric utilities.
- Learn where the main turn-offs are for your water, gas and electricity. Know how to turn them off and the location of any needed tools.
During An Earthuake
- If you are indoors, stay there. Quickly move to a safe location in the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall
- If you are outdoors, move to an open area where falling objects are unlikely to strike you. Move away from buildings, powerlines and trees.
- Slow down smoothly and stop on the side of the road. Avoid stopping on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs. Stay in your car.
After An Earthquake
- Check for injuries, attend to injuries if needed, help ensure the safety of people around you.
- If you smell or hear a gas leak, get everyone outside and open windows and doors. If you can do it safely, turn off the gas at the meter.
- Check for damage. If your building is badly damaged you should leave it until it has been inspected by a safety professional.