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How to Protect Yourself During an Earthquake

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Discover the instructions one most follow before, during and after an earthquake.

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Stay calm and safe in an earthquake by following the tips in this simple tutorial video.


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How to protect Yourself During an Earthquake

In this video, you will learn how to protect yourself and how to act properly during an earthquake.

An earthquake is one or multiple series of vibrations of the ground that can cause serious damage to persons and property.

During an earthquake:

Do not run away: falling objects represent a danger

If you are inside: Take shelter under a sturdy piece of furniture or in the corner of a wall.

Stay away from windows and mirrors. Don't face them.

Cover your head and neck.

If you are outside: stay away from buildings and everything that could collapse.

If you are driving: pull up your car at a safe distance from everything that could fall down. Stay inside your car until the earthquake is over.

After the earthquake:

Be careful, there might be aftershocks.

Listen to the radio for safety instructions.

Close the water and gas inlet taps. Open windows and doors in the event of a gas leak.

Leave the building.

Don't use an elevator.

Make your way to an open space.

Eventually, head for a meeting point.

Take your personal documents, warm clothes and essential medication with you.

Walk in the middle of the road and pay attention to falling objects.

Don't smoke and don't light candles because of explosion risk.

Don't touch fallen power lines.

Don't make phone calls in order not to congest the telephone network.

Schoolchildren are taken care of at school, it is dangerous and not necessary to pick them up.

Block access to damaged buildings.

Stay away from coastal areas: there may be a risk of tsunami.

Check to see if your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or differently-abled, are in need of help

How to address this risk:

Familiarise yourself with possible natural catastrophes in your country and safeguard measures. Arrange a meeting point for your family.

Prioritise earthquake-resistant house constructions.

Select your shelter area.

Store dangerous items properly in order to prevent them from falling. Secure devices and heavy pieces of furniture.

Prepare your emergency disaster kit and first aid kit.

In all cases, strictly follow the instructions of local authorities.


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