Earthquake! Do you know what to do when an earthquake strikes? (Global)

Earthquake! Do you know what to do when an earthquake strikes?  (Global)


If you live in earthquake-prone regions, it
isn’t a question of IF, but WHEN the earthquake will occur. We do not know where we will be when it strikes,
but we can know how to protect ourselves when it happens. Here are the best ways to protect yourself
when an earthquake strikes. If you are inside a building, do not run outside! Drop Cover and Hold On. Drop to your hands and knees, take cover under
something sturdy and cover your head and neck, and Hold on until the shaking stops. If you are in bed, roll onto your stomach,
cover your head and neck with a pillow, and hold on. If you are in a classroom, take cover under
a desk and hold on. If you are in a lab, or other areas with chemicals
or machinery, be aware of all hazards before you Drop, Cover, and Hold on. If you are using a wheelchair or walker, lock
your wheels if possible, then cover your head and neck, and hold on until shaking stops. If you are in a high rise, Drop, Cover, and
Hold on. When shaking stops, use the stairs: Do not
use the elevator. In a store or where there are free-standing
shelves, move quickly to a protected area next to a shopping cart or beneath clothing
racks, then Drop, Cover, and Hold on. If you are outdoors, move quickly away from
buildings to avoid falling debris, or away from powerlines and other hazards. Drop, Cover, and Hold on. If driving, pull over avoiding overpasses,
bridges, powerlines, and other hazards. Stop, set the parking brake. Stay in the vehicle until shaking stops. If you are near a shoreline, a tsunami may
be coming. Drop, Cover, and Hold on, then stand, and
walk quickly to high ground or inland. Stay there until tsunami restrictions are
lifted. What you do during an earthquake depends on
where you are but the basics will remain the same:
It can be difficult to run, or even walk, when the ground is shaking: Drop, and crawl
if you need to move to a safer location. The Greatest danger during an earthquake is
from falling or flying objects, which is why you need to take cover. Protect your head and neck with your arms
or other objects. Earthquake shaking can last from seconds to
several minutes. Hold on for the entire time. For more information on earthquake protective
actions, and how to get prepared, visit www.shakeout.org

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