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by Michelle Ferris on Apr 12, 2016

Earthquakes…

If you're indoors when an earthquake starts:

  • “DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON.” If you are not near a strong table or desk, drop to the floor against an interior wall and cover your head and neckwith your arms.
  • Avoid windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances and cabinets filled with heavy objects.
  • Do not run out of the building during strong earthquakes.
  • If you are downtown, it is safer to remain inside a building after an earthquake unless there is a fire or gas leak. There are few areas downtown that are far enough from glass or other falling debris to be considered safe refuge sites. Glass from high-rise buildings does not always fall straight down; it can catch a wind current and travel great distances.
  • If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head with a pillow.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If you use a wheelchair, lock the wheels and cover your head.

If you're outdoors when an earthquake starts:

  • Move to a clear area if you can safely walk. Avoid power lines, buildings and trees.
  • If you’re driving, pull to the side of the road and stop. Avoid stopping under overhead hazards
  • If you are on the beach, move to higher ground. Earthquake can cause tsunamis.

Once the earthquake stops:

  • Check the people around you for injuries; provide first aid. Don't move seriously injured persons unless in immediate danger.
  • Check around you for dangerous conditions, such as fires, downed power lines and structure damage.
  • If you have fire extinguishers, put out small fires immediately.
  • Turn off the gas if you smell gas.
  • If you have a home phone line, check to be sure it has not shaken off the hook and is tying up a line.
  • Inspect your home for damage.

If you are trapped in debris:

  • Move as little as possible so that you don’t kick up dust. Cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort.
 

Tsunamis…

A local earthquake may generate tsunami waves that can reach shore in minutes. If you are on the beach or other low-lying area close to the ocean or bay, immediately evacuate by getting to higher ground if:

  • Officials issue a tsunami warning and order evacuations;
  • You hear the Outdoor Warning System;
  • The earth shakes so much that you can’t stand;
  • Shaking lasts longer than 20 seconds, and/or;
  • You notice water receding from the shoreline.

 


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