These are the important things one must remember after an earthquake hits your place.
- After an earthquake, you must check yourself and people around you if there are incurred injuries.
- Check your house and evacuate immediately if it has a possibility of collapsing.
- Look for a safe location to hide because aftershocks may happen and there can be additional items to fall.
- Check for fires around you.
- Wear your shoes especially near broken glass or debris.
- Unplug all the broken lights and appliances because they can cause fire.
- Shut off main gas salve if you think there’s a leakage.
- Switch off power at main control if there are electrical damages.
- Listen to radio for announcements.
- Help others.
- Don’t light a match and turn on light switch, use flashlight instead.
- Never touch downed power lines because they may be energized.
- Never attempt to move injured people.
- Don’t flush toilets because sewage lines may be damaged.
IF an aftershock occur, one must remember the following:
- Drop, cover and hold.
- Stay away from exterior walls of house/building because they are the parts that usually collapse.
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Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. After an earthquake. Retrieved from http://www.weready.org/earthquake/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=23.