Earthquake Preparedness Tips: What to do before, during and after a quake

(Eagle News) — With the recent series of quakes that shook the country, it is better to prepare yourselves and members of your family in the event another strong quake occurs.

It is always good to have an emergency communication plan in the home and in the work place.

Better to prepare early.

-Secure items, such as televisions and objects that hang on walls. Heavy and breakable objects should be placed on low shelves.

– Regularly practice “Drop, Cover, then Hold On” with family and co-workers. Identify the sturdy tables and desks and other furniture where you and family members could go to duck in case of an earthquake.

-Have a quake emergency plan which includes what to do if a quake happens and where to meet after the quake.

– Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher and a whistle.  You can also place this supply kit in a sturdy part of your house which you and the family members have identified.

-Teach your children how to use a whistle. Better yet, make an improvised necklace with a whistle as a pendant which you and your children can wear at all times. Whistles are one of the easiest tools to have with you at all times. In the event of an earthquake and other disasters, a whistle will let responders know you need help.

Below are more earthquake preparedness tips.


(Eagle News Service)