Answer in Brief
Imagine that you feel tremors or shocks in your locality. What will be your role in saving lives from destruction? List out the Do’s and Don’ts.
- Drop down onto your hands and knees. This can protect you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
- Cover your hand and neck and your entire body if possible under a study-table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near and interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
- Hold on to your shelter or to your head and neck until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
- Do not run outside or to other rooms during shaking. The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be. Windows, facades and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse.
- Do not stand in a doorway. In modem houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house and the doorway does not protect you from the most likely source of injury.
- If you are outside, do not go near power lines or electric units. Move away from buildings, trees, street lights and utility wires. If you are in open space, stay there till the shaking stops.
- More Instructions:
- Stay calm and do not panic.
- Avoid going near the beach after the earthquake is over as a strong earthquake can set off a tsunami.
- If possible have supplies set aside in an emergency kit.
- You many include a first aid, bottled water, canned or dried food to carry during an emergency.
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