EARTHQUAKE TIPS
BE INFORMED  -  BE PREPARED

EARTHQUAKE TIPS from the OFFICE OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS (NEVIS)

These tips are provided so that you are aware of the precautions and actions you should take during and after an earthquake. They do NOT suggest that an
earthquake is imminent.


DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

1. Stay calm, do not panic.
2. Always protect your head and face.
3. If inside a building, stand in a strong doorway, or under a desk, table or bed. Do not try to run out of the building as you may be injured by falling debris.
4. If outside and there are no obvious signs of danger, stay there.
5. Move away from windows, glass doors, heavy mirrors, bookcases, hanging plants and heavy objects.
6. Be aware of falling plaster, blocks, bricks, lighting fixtures and other objects.
7. If in a vehicle, do not stop on or under a bridge, near to electricity poles or close to buildings from which debris may fall.


AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

DO

1. Check for fires.
2. Check utilities (if safe to do so) and switch them off, if necessary (gas, electricity, water)
3. Turn on a transistor radio for emergency bulletins.
4. Check your house for serious damage (if safe to do so) and evacuate if the house seems likely to collapse.
5. Be prepared for more earthquake tremors or aftershocks.
6. Collect drinking water.
7. Stay away from landslide-prone areas.
8. Stay out of buildings that may have been damaged or weakened by the earthquake.
9. Keep the streets clear for the passage of emergency and rescue vehicles.
10. Clean up debris and hazardous materials (after a safe period of time).

DO NOT

1. Do not light a match or turn on a light switch. Use a flashlight instead.
2. Never touch fallen power lines.
3. Do not use telephones except in extreme emergency. This helps to keep the service operational.
4. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury.
5. Do not go sightseeing!
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