If at the time of an earthquake you are indoors it is best advised to stay indoors. If you are located near any of the outer walls it is advised to move towards the center. Following this it is best to follow the drop, cover and hold on policy. Drop to the floor to avoid getting hurt during tremors. After this spot the nearest piece of sturdy furniture such as a dining table or work desk and crawl under it completely. Once safely under the table hold on to the legs of the table and be ready to move around with the table. If you have any sort of disability which might or is making you unable to move from under the table, it is best to stay there till help arrives.
What to do during an Earthquake?
- If you are in a wheelchair, you should proceed to lock your wheels and then covering your head and neck with either a hard book or a pillow. Do not attempt to move until the shaking has completely stopped.In both cases, every time you feel any tremor or aftershock it is best to repeat this process.
- If you happen to be outdoors when the earthquake happens then shift to an open space and drop to the ground. It is best to avoid being near buildings, trees, lamp posts and overhead cables or wiring.
- If you are driving, stop in a clear zone and stay seated in your car with your seat belt fastened.If you are in the car avoid any bridges or over passes as they might have become damaged. Traffic lights might also stop working and remember to stay away from any damaged or affected buildings.
- If you are near the beach follow the same approach and drop to the ground, however an eye must be kept on the water levels and one should aim to reach higher ground as soon as the shaking stops.
- After the earthquake has passed check on yourself and your injuries before tending to others. Keep a lookout for falling debris and steer clear of it immediately.
- Quick reaction during an earthquake could make the difference between life and death; hence it is advisable to have a plan in your head and to practice it out. Whenever you are in any room or outer setting, train your mind to pick out safe spots for you to cover under. It may save your life.
Disaster management agencies from all over the world approve and recommend the Drop, Cover and Hold on technique and terms it the best way to protect yourself in case of an earthquake. These agencies say that while media emphasizes on the collapsed buildings it is often the flying objects which pose a greater risk.The Los Angeles Fire Department stated that when they are looking for survivors in collapsed buildings, they look for people in void spaces and the best way to get to these spaces is to drop, cover and hold on.
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