We often don't get a memo before it will occur or strike. All we can do is prepare of ourselves for the worst.
So, we must know the safety precautions when earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanic eruption, hurricanes, and other events occur.
Here are some of the do's and don'ts before, during and after an earthquake:
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
- In every house there must be a first aid kit.
The general contents of an emergency survival kit depend on the location but the basic components should address the needs of first aid, food, water, shelter, navigation, and signalling. Survival kits will often include a combination of the following:
- Adhesive tape
- Rubbing alcohol
- Burn cream
- Water in sealed containers
- Canned food
- High-energy foods such as chocolate or emergency food bars
- Dry food items such as dried fruits, cereals, nuts or roasted grams
- Whistle - Signal mirror
- High power LED light (able to have batteries replaced, and carry an extra battery)
- Laser pointer with lithium batteries, for superior signaling range
- Pen/pencil and paper
- Fixed-blade knife or Swiss Army knife
- Can opener
- Candles and matches for light
- Objects that can easily be shaken up should be well secured.
- Gas tanks with leak and defective electrical wiring should be repaired.
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
- If you are indoors, stay inside.
- If you are outdoors, stay outside.
- If you are driving, slow down.
If you think it is safe to pull over do it. Fasten your seat belt and remain seated on your car until the earthquake is over. Stay away from any buildings, large signs, trees, under power lines, and under bridges and overpasses.
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
- After earthquakes, there will be aftershocks.
Be prepared and seek cover. Stay calm and offer a helping hand if you can. Wearing thick clothes are also advised. This is to prevent your body from getting injuries. Using your first aid kit, treat the wounds.
- If you are trapped, don't panic.
Source: Elite Readers