Thursday, 23 July 2009 07:27
BEFORE an earthquake hits, check your home for hazards. Bolt or support water heaters and other appliances to prevent gas lines from rupturing. Place large, heavy objects on low shelves and securely fasten the shelves to walls. Learn how to turn off electricity, gas and water. Maintain an adequate first aid kit with a flashlight and battery powered radio (batteries stored separately). Keep a fresh supply of water and food in your earthquake supplies. Refer to your telephone white pages for a more complete list.
DURING an earthquake remain calm and reassure others. If indoors, get under a table or desk away from windows, mirrors, chimneys and bookshelves. If outside, move rapidly but cautiously to an open area, away from all hazards (power lines, trees, etc.). When driving, stop in the safest place available - not on or under a bridge.
AFTER an earthquake check your immediate area for injured persons, fires and hazards. Wear shoes because of debris and broken glass. Check utilities for damage. Shut off the main gas valve if there is a gas leak and electrical power if there is damage to house wiring. Use your telephone only for emergency reports and to let a pre-selected relative know you are OK. Emergency water may be obtained from water heaters, toilet tanks, melted ice cubes and canned foods