How to survive an Earthquake



Road, Earthquake, Damage, Crack, RepairsPrepare before an earthquake strikes, not after. Stock up on emergency food (freeze-dried food), water and an emergency kit for each family member. Remember, do not eat or drink anything from open compartments especially if it’s in proximity to broken glass. If the water source to your home is off, you can drink out of the water heater, or from melted ice cubes and canned vegetables. If possible, use water filtration bottles and water purification tablets to clean all the water before consumption.
Measure 2 – Drop, Cover & Hold On If you are inside, stay put. Get under a table or desk and hold on. Avoid windows and unstable material such as furniture, appliances, knives, etc.. Try not to run from a vibration building. Falling debris might hit you before you make it out.
It does not take long for a building to start to crumble. Especially for older structures that are not up to current building codes. Newer buildings and bridges are structurally designed to mitigate the effects of earthquakes. They’re intended to influence and move with the movement instead of being rigid and breaking up.
Step 3 – What to do if your outside
If you are outside, get beyond any confining influence, far from structures, electric cables, smokestacks, and whatever else that may fall on you.
If you’re driving, slowly come to a stop. Move your vehicle out-of-the-way of any action (building, moving vehicles, etc.) and don’t stop under any scaffold, bridge, tree, light post or hints. Stay inside your car until the point that the shaking stops. After the trembling stops, and if necessary utilize the first aid supplies in your roadside emergency kit and look for aid. When you continue, be careful and look out for any obstructions on the road.
Step 5 – What to do if your near mountains
If you’re in hilly territory, keep an eye out for falling rocks, avalanches, trees, and other debris which could be freed by the tremors.
If you’re able to, put on a few sturdy thick-soled shoes (in case you step on broken glass, garbage, and so forth.)
Step 7 – Watch out for aftershocks
Be aware of the possibility of aftershocks. Another larger tremor may occur when you least suspect it.
The best way is to survive an earthquake is to prepare before it strikes, not after. Get an emergency kit and create a family emergency plan.



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