BEING PREPARED FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

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BEING PREPARED FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

‘Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake drills

Next week on the 17th of October as many as 9.3 million people across America will be taking part in the 'GreatShake Out' earthquake drill. Homes, schools, businesses will 'Drop, Cover and Hold on'

The Great shake out earthquake drills began in California in 2008 and are aimed at preparing people to survive and recover quickly from a major earthquake whether they are at home, school, in a car, shopping etc.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold at exactly 10:17 a.m. on October 17. Being prepared for an earthquake could save your life – if you are not yet registered you can register online on the Shakeout website.

Being prepared for an Earthquake is not an easy task as in reality you may only have seconds to protect yourself. Practicing a Drop Cover and Hold drill will help you to respond quickly without panicking.

Remember that earth shaking is rarely the cause of injuries during an earthquake, most injuries and deaths are caused by flying objects, collapsed roofs, walls etc. Once shaking starts it is important to act quickly and find the safest place and not try to move very far.

BE PREPARED FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

Being prepared for an Earthquake is not an easy task as in reality you may only have seconds to protect yourself. Practicing a Drop Cover and Hold drill will help you to respond quickly without panicking.
Remember that earth shaking is rarely the cause of injuries during an earthquake, most injuries and deaths are caused by flying objects, collapsed roofs, walls etc. Once shaking starts it is important to act quickly and find the safest place and not try to move very far.
Take steps around your home or office to secure items like heavy furniture, glass items, water heaters, ornaments etc with straps or braces or glue so they are not flying around or falling during an earthquake.
Stockpile emergency provisions including water, non perishable food, flashlights, batteries, medical supplies including prescribed medications and emergency radio and also cash.
Make sure you and your family, office, school and neighbors have an emergency plan in the event of an earthquake and that you have practiced your earthquake drill regularly.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INSIDE A BUILDING IN THE EVENT OF AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!).
  • COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table.
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE WHEN SHAKING STARTS

  • Find a clear space away from any buildings or trees, power lines then again do not run.
  • DROP to the ground.
  • COVER your head with your arms.
  • HOLD if possible onto anything stable until the shaking stops.
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE DRIVING WHEN SHAKING STARTS

Pull over immediately to a clear place, stay in the car with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops!

Check the shakeout.org website for information and videos on being prepared for an earthquake.

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By | 2017-01-14T14:30:46+00:00 October 12th, 2013|Earthquakes|0 Comments

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