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06 October 2015, 03:35

No one knows when the big One will happen because scientists cannot yet predict earthquakes.The only thing we can do as an ordinary citizen is to be prepared or atleast be informed of ways on how to be safe during earthquakes. Here are a list of ways on how to prepare before the earthquake hits according to www.weatherwizkids.com:

 

Always listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.

BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE:

1. Have a disaster plan.

2. Choose a safe place in every room. It’s best to get under a sturdy piece of furniture like a table or a desk where nothing can fall on you.

3. Practice DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON! Drop under something sturdy, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm.

4. If you live in an earthquake prone area, bolt tall furniture to the wall and install strong latches to cupboards.

5. Prepare a disaster supplies kit for  your home and car. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.

 

DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:

1. DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON!

2. Stay indoors until the shaking stops.

3. Stay away from windows.

4. If you’re in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.

5. If you’re outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines. Then, drop to the ground.

6. If you’re in a car, slow down and drive to a safe place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

 

AFTER THE SHAKING STOPS:

1. Check for injuries.

2. Inspect your home for damage.

3. Eliminate fire hazards, so turn off the gas if you think its leaking.

4. Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON.


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