Earthquake preparation tips
A mega-earthquake is certainly something one should prepare for, as such a disaster can cause inexplicable damage and harm. While one cannot completely be protected from natural disasters, there are things that can be done to prepare for an earthquake.
- For one, before an earthquake even occurs, one should ensure that you know where to go if an earthquake hits. Such locations should be underneath tables, desks, or other sturdy items away from windows (in case they shatter).
- Fasten and secure pieces of furniture, cabinets, so there are no leaks or damage caused by falling objects during an earthquake. The heavier things are, the nearer to the floor they should be.
- Food and water, clothing, and other necessary items should be on hand in case if escape is not directly possible. There should be an out-of-town contact to reach other than emergency responders and primary emergency contacts.
- Finally, everyone should definitely know what to do in case of an earthquake, including children, students, and caretakers. To be sure people are aware of what to do, earthquake drills should be held. These tips apply to the home as well as a school environment.
- One can even prepare for an earthquake on the road. A kit can be created including medical supplies, food and water, flashlights, clothing, and a radio just in case. Keeping such a kit together at home is helpful also.
- Further measures can be taken by attending first aid classes and knowing how to put out fires and deal with other possible subsequent emergencies after an earthquake. You never know what can follow.
Basically there are four components of preparedness: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Mitigation is anything done to lessen long-term damage to people and property. Preparedness itself is any action taken before a disaster that would make for a better response. The response is what is done immediately before, during, or immediately after a disaster to minimize damages. Recovery is short-term action taken to bring activities back to a manageable standard as well as long-term action meant to return things back to normal.
There is no excuse why one cannot be at least partially prepared for an emergency or disaster such as an earthquake, especially a mega-earthquake.
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Additional safety tips
- Earthquake Safety Tips - How to Survive - GEOLOGY.COM
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- Earthquakes - Red Cross
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- Prepare.org | Earthquake Safety Tips for Seniors
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- Earthquake safety: What to do during an earthquake
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