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Earthquake Tips: What to Do during the "Big One"

My Doctor Finder
April 05, 2017

Surviving an earthquake has its several risks that definitely requires preparation, planning and the proper knowledge. You may be prepared with all the necessary supplies and equipment, but you are not wearing an armor that could protect you from falling debris and objects. [1] Once you identify the possible hazards inside or outside of your homes, learning what actions you can take can help you and your family from several risks in the event of an earthquake. Make sure to take note of these helpful tips: [2]

  1. Fire exits of your buildings are the safest place to go when there’s an earthquake.
  2. Find a sturdy furniture to protect yourself from falling objects.

According to Red Cross, an earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth's surface. It can also strike suddenly, without warning, and they can occur at any time of the year, day or night. [3] So, it is better to equip your family with the proper knowledge when it comes to an earthquake disaster.

Source: [1] "Emergency Preparedness and Response" by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retrieved from http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/
[2, 3] "Earthquake Preparedness" by American Red Cross, retrieved from http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240216_Earthquake.pdf