What to do in case of an Earthquake?

As of the writing of this article, there had been 3 earthquakes in the Philippines (Pampanga, Samar, and Bataan) at 6.1, 6.2 and 4.5 magnitude respectively.  With this development, t is very timely to share with everyone WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE.

What to do in case of an Earthquake?

The basic thing to do in case of an earthquake is to secure yourself through the DUCK/DROP- COVER – HOLD.  This is the fundamental thing to do.  In case you are outside, go to an open area and do the same.  Cover your head with something that will protect it from any falling objects.

You might ask what if you are a PWD, what should you do?  Well, it is basically the same and if you are in a wheelchair, the first thing to do is LOCK.  You need to lock your wheelchair so that it will not be affected by the earthquake then it follows, COVER and HOLD.

what to do in case of an earthquake

Do not panic.  It is also critical for you not to panic and to maintain a focus of mind.  Things can happen very fast during an earthquake and you need to act fast as it happens.  If you are calm you will know what to do and you can even save the lives of other people.

If you are inside a building the first thing to consider is which floor of the building you are on and how fast you can get out.  If you are within the lower floors then it is key to find a way out in a calm manner.  However, if you are on the higher floor going down might be riskier than staying, thus do the duck, cover and hold and remain in your building. It is also important to remember to stay away from furniture, windows, and lamps.

what to do in case of an earthquake


How to Respond on the Road

When you feel an earthquake and you are inside a house the immediate action should be to go to an open area or an assembly point.  Keep distance from buildings, electricity wires, trees and other things that might fall or collapse.

If you are driving stop in a safe place, turn on the hazard lights and stay inside your vehicle.  Protect yourself from any possible impact that might happen either from another vehicle or foreign objects.

If you are in a crowded place protect your head with your arms or take cover under seats and tables.  If there is panic within your area try to be calm and instead of going with the crowd it is best to find a safe area and duck, cover, and hold until the earthquake passes.

The Earthquake Survival Kit

earthquake survival kit

You never know when an earthquake will happen so it is important to have an earthquake survival kit with you or at home.  A survival kit will come in handy not only during such a situation but also during other emergencies.

Here are the suggested contents of a survival kit:

  • Duct tape
  • Safety pins
  • Whistle – for an emergency signal.
  • Baking soda which can be used as deodorizer and cleanser.
  • Ziploc to secure gadgets and documents.
  • Large garbage bag which can be used as a waterproof container for survival kit items.  It can also be used as a poncho, a makeshift tent, or as an earth pad.
  • Basic tools like tire bar or vice grips for cars and pliers, screwdriver, and hammer for the house.
  • Blanker
  • Some clothing
  • A transistor or windup radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Pocket knife.
  • Candies in containers.
  • Lighters or waterproof matches
  • Disposable plates
  • Rope, gloves, and goggles for rescue.
  • Tarps

Wow, that seems a lot!  You definitely need a bag at home or in the office for this.  But what if you want a survival kit on the go?  Here is our suggested content.

  • First aid kit.
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Candies in containers.
  • Lighters or waterproof matches
  • Pocket knife.
  • Some food.
  • Face mask.

Remember the key here is to survive whatever emergency situation you might be in.

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