Dos and Don’ts: What to do after an earthquake?

MyDoctorFinder October 11, 2016

These are the important things one must remember after an earthquake hits your place.

Do’s:

  • 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’ts:

  • 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.

 

References:

Century-National. What to do after an earthquake strikes. Retrieved from https://www.cnico.com/pgs/claims/claims5afterEq.aspx

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.