All You Need To Know About How To Manage The Post-Earthquake Situation
Among the numerous natural disasters that people will live through, earthquakes are one of the most common and destructive. In the United States, thousands of individuals have lost both their lives and properties to highly destructive earthquakes that not only shake the ground but lead to additional natural disasters like tsunamis. While there is no way to predict these events, there are methods of preparing for them and reducing the destructive power of the earthquake through effective amounts of preparation. This article will provide a brief list of the behaviors to follow after an earthquake has occurred.
1. Stay in bed
Having a plan of action for the course of a natural disaster is important, but so is a plan of action for after the disaster has occurred. This is pivotal to ensure that you remain safe and are sure to ‘make it through’ past the post-calamity phase. One of the most secure spots after experiencing an earthquake is in bed, and if you are already in bed then it is recommended you remain in this position. It was previously seen that one person died during an earthquake trying to move her young child from one position to another while the ground was shaking; therefore you should always remain in one spot during and after an earthquake.
2. Stay away from the doorway
Contrary to popular belief, the doorway is not the most secure position in one’s house. Firstly, doorways present with swinging doors which can hit and harm you during an earthquake. Next, doorways are not in load bearing walls thus do not offer the correct support. Move towards the middle of a room rather than to the wall or door.
3. Leaving the building
Be aware of various items such as broken glass, holes in floors, exposed electrical lines, and various other hazards when leaving your property. Always use your strategically placed flashlights to climb down carefully from your house and ensure that you do not step into or onto any damaging surfaces.
4. Turning off utilities
It is imperative that you turn off your electricity, gas and water following an earthquake. This is to ensure there are no leaks and you do not suffer any damages. Furthermore, shut off your water main to prevent any dirty water from entering the filtration system and potentially damaging your water heating system.
5. Calming others
Family members and neighbors may be distressed following an earthquake or natural disaster. It is essential that you remain calm and provide others with calming advice. Remember, if you are in distress and are ‘freaking out’ then the chances are likely everyone else will lose control of their emotions. By keeping your emotions in check the situation will be managed effectively and efficiently.
6. Check on others
Once you have managed your personal situation, it is recommended you check on neighbors to determine if everyone else is secure. Some neighbors may be trapped or/and injured requiring assistance to exit their properties. By helping them and calling authorities you will help both them and yourself.
Dealing with earthquakes and other natural disasters can be difficult, but by having an understanding of the post-calamity checklist you will be able to manage the situation effectively.