10 Ways to Survive an Earthquake, According to Experts
Find out how you can save yourself and protect your family in case of an earthquake. These survival hacks are important for all of us, even if you don’t live in an area with a lot of seismic activity. No one is 100% safe from this disaster because you never know where you might be traveling or living in the future. So pay close attention to these safety recommendations that could save your life one day.
Fortifying your house is a good place to start. Make sure you have enough supplies, including food, medications, fire extinguishers, batteries, and flashlights. Have an expert test your house’s foundation so it won’t slip during an earthquake.
Depending on where the earthquake finds you, you should follow different survival rules. The most important thing in all cases is not to panic and to memorize the Drop, Cover, and Hold on technique. Drop right where you are onto your hands and knees. This is a safe position that allows you to slowly move towards shelter. Use one arm to cover your head and neck. A massive desk or table makes a good shelter. If there’s nothing in the room to hide under, at least stay away from the windows. Remain in this position and bend over as much as you can to protect your vital organs. Hold on like this until the shaking stops. If you were able to find some shelter, hold onto it using one hand and be prepared to move with it as it might shift.
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Make your house your fortress 0:34
If you’re in a building 1:51
If you’re outside 2:58
If you’re in a car 3:24
If you’re on the beach or near the shore 3:50
If you’re in a wheelchair 4:10
If you’re in a stadium 5:00
If you’re in an elevator 5:25
If you’re in bed 5:59
If you’re trapped under rubble 6:25
Overall evacuation rules 7:15
-Be prepared for disaster: move all beds away from windows, strengthen shelves, cover all glass surfaces, keep extra fire extinguishers, batteries, flashlights, emergency food supplies and medications in your home.
-Drop right where you are onto your hands and knees, use one arm to cover your head and neck. Hold on like this until the shaking stops.
-Move away from power lines, tall buildings, and roads, try to find some shelter, drop, cover, and hold on.
-Slow down and find a safe place to stop the car, stay in it until the earthquake stops.
-Collect your things immediately and move to higher ground to avoid tsunami.
-Lock your wheels, cover, and hold on.
-Get on the floor in the space in front of your seat, bend over and cover your head and neck with your hands. Stay calm and reassure others.
-Lie down on the floor, cover your head, wait until the elevator starts working again and get out of it ASAP.
-Stay in bed, protect your head with a pillow and lie face down, move away from shelves.
-Don’t move, cover your mouth with a cloth or piece of clothing. If you have a whistle, use it so that rescuers can find you.
-Close all windows and shut off the gas, water, and electricity in your home. After leaving the building with only the most necessary things with you, find a safe place. Whatever happens, don’t panic.
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