What Do You Do When There’s An Earthquake?

Earthquakes occur suddenly, and you may not exactly be prepared for it. You might be at home or in the office, maybe outside or in your car. Either way here are some things you need to follow:  

If you’re inside

Get down on the ground on to the earth and take cover. It could be a table or any sort of furniture. Hold on to it tight till the shaking halts and if you don’t exactly have any furniture to get under, put your head down and cover you head and face with your arms while crouching at a safe place of the building. Make sure you step away from windows or any sort of glass objects, entrances and walls and whatever that could collapse. If you’re on bed, don’t move. Cover your head with a pillow and hold on tight. If you are under something that may fall on you, move to the nearest safest place you could find. Unless the doorway looks supported, do not use it. If it is and if the shaking has stop you could try grabbing your emergency survival kit NZ and run over to the nearest safest place.

Of course, this earthquake emergency kit must be prepared beforehand and should be kept somewhere that you can easily access. It would be easier if the kit was kept in the safest area inside. Make sure the shaking has stopped before you try to move, and if it hasn’t do not move. Never use elevators during such scenario and be aware since the fire alarms and sprinklers may go off and the electricity too might get cut. 

If you’re outside

Stay there. Step away from streetlights or buildings or any sort of thing that may fall off (cutouts and etc.). Do not try to find shelter during the shaking.

If you’re inside a moving automobile

Stop as fast as possible and remain inside. Make sure you don’t stop near a building, trees or any utility wires for the most of danger occurs outside building along outer walls. When the shaking has halted, drive carefully and try to avoid bridges or slopes or any road that has been damaged due to the quake.

If you are trapped

If you are trapped under fallen parts (debris) during or after the earthquake do not move or kick up dust. Moving might make the situation worse. Stay calm and do not try to light any matches either for you do not know what, what your surrounding is covered with. Try to cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or a piece of clothes. Tap on a something near you like maybe a pipe or the wall or to your luck something metal, so that the rescuers can find you and bring you back to safety.

Although during the situation it might be more hectic that being said, but do have these pointers in your head and always remain calm.