10 Tips to Surviving an Earthquake
It is important to know ways to protect yourself during an eartquake, but we should also know how to stay alive after the earthquake has taken place. It is interesting to note that most earthquakes are over in seconds and knowing how to make the right decision in a split second is crucial for you and your loved ones survival. The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event of an earthquake:
1. Know where the main turn offs are for your gas, electricity and water- Once you are familiar with the locations of the turn offs, make sure to practice turning them off.
2. Always have emergency supplies available-One of the key things to remember when putting together your own emergency supply kit is that you should have enough food and water to last your family for at least 2 weeks. Your kit should include bottled water, blankets, battery operated radios, flashlights and extra batteries.
3. Make sure that all your family members are knowledgeable on earthquake safety- All your family members should be aware of safe places in a room, such ar interior walls or a strong desk. Your family should also be aware of dangerous areas in your home, which include areas close to windows, fireplaces and hanging objects.
4. Make your home is earthquake safe- Don't hang heavy objects in areas where you are prone to sit or where people sleep. Also arrange heavy, breakable items closer to the ground and perferably in areas where they are locked down. Anchor down heavy appliances and furniture as well as water heaters.
5. If an earthquake occurs when you are indoors make sure to stay there- You will more likely get hurt trying to leave the building then you would if you found a safe place to stay in the building.
6. If an earthquake takes place when you are outdoors make sure to move to an open area- Always move away from buildings, trees or powerlines.
7. If an earthquake takes place when you are driving make sure to pull over to the side of the road- The key here is not to panic. Do not speed up and do not stop abrumptly when you are on the road. Try to avoid stopping in overpasses, bridges or in areas where things such as trees and powerlines can fall on your car.
8. If you are near the water when an earthquake occurs make sure to leave the area once the earthquake has ended- If you are in an area that is near the water you always face the risk of a possible tsunami.
9. During and after an earthquake, make sure to not use an elevator if you are in a building that supplies one- Always take the stairs.
10. If you are one of the lucky ones to live through a major earthquake and also still have your home standing, make sure to have a professional check over your home before you go back in the building. Your home may look safe to the naked eye, however there may have been some structural damage that will make it unsafe for you and your family to live in.