Earthquakes

What to do?
Before an Earthquake

  1. Attach shelves, gas cylinders, vases and flower pots to the walls of your home.
  2. Place heavy or bulky objects on the floor or on the lowest shelves.
  3. Teach all members of your family how to turn off the electricity, water and gas supply.

During an Earthquake

  1. Keep calm and keep others calm.
  2. If you are at home or inside a building or auditorium:
  3. Protect yourself by staying under the lintel of an inner door, in the corner of a room, under a table or even under a bed.
  4. If you are in the street:
  5. Walk towards an open place, in a calm and composed manner. Keep away from buildings, especially old, tall of detached buildings, electricity wires, slopes and walls, which are liable to collapse.
  6. If you are driving:
  7. Stop the vehicle away from building, walls, slopes, electricity wires and cables, and stay in the vehicle.

After an Earthquake

  1. Keep calm, switch on the transistor radio and obey any instructions you hear on the radio.
  2. Keep away from low banks of rivers. A huge wave may sweep it.
  3. Expect aftershocks.
  4. Turn off the water, gas and electricity.
  5. Use a torch.
  6. If there is a fire, try to put it out. If you cannot, call the fire brigade.
  7. Eat something. You will feel better and more capable of helping others.
  8. If your home is badly damaged you will have to leave it. Collect your disaster kit.

What not to do?
During an Earthquake

  1. Do not run and do not wander round the streets.
  2. Do not rush to the doors or exist; never use the lifts; keep well away from windows, mirrors, and furniture.
  3. Do not smoke and do not light matches or use a cigarette lighter.
  4. Do not turn on switches. There may be gas leaks or short-circuits.
  5. If people are seriously injured, do not move them unless they are in danger.
  6. Immediately clean up any inflammable products that may have spilled (alcohol, paint, etc.)
  7. Ifyou know that people have been buried, tell the rescue teams. Do notrush and do not worsen the situation of injured persons or your ownsituation.
  8. Avoid places where there are loose electric wires and do not touch any metal object in contact with them
  9. Donot drink water from open containers without having examined it andfiltered it through a sieve, a filter or an ordinary clean cloth.
  10. Do not re-enter badly damaged buildings and do not go near damaged structures.
  11. Do not walk around the streets to see what have happened. Keep clear of the streets to enable rescue vehicles to pass.

Last Update Date :- 05-05-2018

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