The earthquake just now unnerved me. Its severity was unexpected and I was not prepared for it. Staying in a high-rise made it even more frightening as immediate evacuation is almost impossible. What should one do during an earthquake? Here is a brief compilation of the procedures to follow in the event of an earthquake from the many websites listed by Google.
- Remain calm – do not panic.
- Open the door to secure an exit route.
- Turn off all sources of fire.
- Do not evacuate until the earthquake is over.
- Seek shelter under a sturdy desk away from glass and windows. Cover head
and face to protect from falling debris and broken glass.
- Keep away from tall cabinets that could topple over and fittings that may
- Get out immediately after the earthquake stops, taking with you keys,
wallets and emergency supplies only.
- Put on your shoes before going out.
- Close the door behind you when evacuating, watching out for people who may
need your help in getting out.
- Do not use the elevator.
- When outside, move away from buildings, trees, power lines and lamp posts.
- Do not make unnecessary telephone calls. Making phone calls to the
emergency services to get information may hamper their rescue efforts.