It is common to be unsure of what to do during and after an earthquake. After all, earthquakes strike with little to no warning, and it’s easy to be startled or overwhelmed by the shaking. However, earthquakes can be very dangerous, and the aftermath even more so. Be prepared for your next earthquake, especially if you live in California or another earthquake-prone zone. Protect yourself with Earthquake Insurance, and familiarize yourself with our helpful tips to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
During The Earthquake
One of the most important things you can do that will apply in every circumstance is to remain calm. We know, it can be hard, but losing your head and acting rashly is the last thing you want to do.
Never Hide Under a Bed
The small space underneath a bed can become a trap if the ceiling collapses on it. If the earthquake occurs while you’re in bed, simply roll off the bed. The bed will hold up some of the debris, providing a safe space around the perimeter of the bed.
Don’t Climb Under a Desk
Other large furniture can become a trap as well when the weight of debris is added on top of it. It is safer to be beside a desk then under it. Even if it is crushed, the ceiling will most likely be supported by the desk somewhat; creating a small triangular space next to the desk for greater chance of survival.
Steer Clear of the Stairs
Make sure to stay away from any staircase during an earthquake. The treads can cut a person into pieces if the building collapses on top of them.
Skip the Doorway
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a good idea to get under a doorway in an earthquake. If you are standing under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward, you will still get crushed by the ceiling. And if the door jamb falls horizontally, you can be cut in half by a failed and collapsed doorway.
Stay Away From Windows
It is commonly thought that windows are the way out of danger, especially since you can see through it, but big broken pieces of glass can do tremendous damage to the human body. Glass moves and breaks in strange patterns during earthquakes. These broken pieces can be deadly if they fall on you or you fall onto them.
After the Earthquake
Once the initial shaking stops, you might think you’re in the clear. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Once the earthquake has ended, keep the following tasks in mind:
- Do not light a match or turn on a light switch. Use a flashlight instead.
- Never touch fallen power lines.
- Do not block streets. Emergency and rescue vehicles need passage.
- Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury
- Never automatically assume firefighters, police, army or other emergency personnel will come to help you. They may not be available.
- Most importantly, do not panic. Calmly evaluate the situation and remember what you’ve learned. In most cases, you won’t need to act immediately following an earthquake, so take your time and think about what needs to be done before doing it.
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