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Earthquake Safety

You cannot stop any force of nature from happening. You can only hope to live through it. Sometimes, these forces will overtake you and there isn't much you can do about it. These following tips may help you prevent another emergency from an already bad situation, or lessen the effects of inevitable emergencies.

Investing in preventive steps now will not only save your life, but in the long run may also save your home. Things like repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lighting fixtures to the ceiling and following local earthquake standards, will help reduce the impact of earthquakes.

The best thing you can do during an earthquake is to get under a heavy piece of furniture like a table, bench, desk, a sturdy bookshelf with the books and shelves removed and so on. Protect your neck, back and face when hiding under the furniture. You do not want to risk getting paralyzed from something hitting your spine at the neck, or hitting your throat, or breathing in dangerous fumes or dust and debris.

During an earthquake, buildings, bridges and highways can fall down. Gas lines can be broken. Electric and phone lines can be torn down. Other natural chain reactions can happen. If you live along the Pacific Ocean, you can be in danger of a tsunami. There are other things like landslides in you are in an area that is hilly or mountainous and are experiencing or have recently experienced rain, although the dampness is not the factor and can happen without the rain. With rain, it can turn into a mud slide and is as equally dangerous if not more so than a landslide without the muck and debris. There are also dangers of floods and fires. Even if you do what it takes to survive the quake itself, the aftermath can cause more death than the earthquake.

Earthquakes will strike suddenly without warning. Technically, we are all in an earthquake zone. It is just some areas are dormant and others are active. Before an earthquake strikes, make sure you have inspected your home for the following.

During an earthquake it is very important to stay inside if it is possible under a heavy piece of furniture, close to an inside wall and away from glass or anything hanging overhead.

If you are outside and cannot get inside of a building, move into an area that is away from any electric, phone or cable wires hanging overhead and far away from the buildings and street lights. Stay there until the quake is over.

If in your car, stop the vehicle and stay inside if you are already away from buildings, trees, overpasses or utility wires. If not, drive cautiously to the closest safe spot within a relatively short distance. When the earthquake is over, drive carefully and do not be surprised if the route you intended on taking is not available. Be sure you keep a map in the car to plan out an alternate route.

If you have pets, plan on having an emergency shelter near your home with a 3 day supply of food and water and enough area for them to be comfortable and it is safely locked. Be careful of animals roaming the streets after a quake since they will tend to be frightened and may act aggressively. Do not touch a strange animal. It may have rabies. If you notice a strange animal with tags of proof that it has its shots and it is in danger, then proceed to help with caution and only if you are trained to rescue animals. If not, notify Animal Control.

Be prepared for aftershocks which may be smaller than the main shock, but can cause additional damage to structures that have been weakened by the earthquake. These can happen even months after a quake.

Help injured or trapped persons. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help. Listen to a battery operated radio or television for the latest emergency information. Help your neighbors who may need extra special help such as those with infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Stay out of damaged buildings. Return home only when authorities say it is safe. Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches or gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals. Open closet and cupboard doors cautiously. Inspect the entire length of chimneys carefully for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a fire. Check these following utilities very carefully since they are the main cause for fire and explosion:

It is important that after a quake when you are out of immediate danger and you have secured the safety of the ones nearby you and your property that you go about the neighborhood and help where you can. This is why it is wise to have a community plan so help is more organized and even flowing.

Get together with your neighbors today.