Protect yourself from earthquakes – a step by step article
Earthquakes are one of the most devastating natural disasters that most of the time strike without warning and can cause huge loss and damage.
Following the powerful earthquake that killed over 2,000 people and injured thousands more in Morocco on 8 September 2023, Medilink International is sharing important steps to be followed when experiencing a tremor or earthquake.
What should you do if you are indoors?
- You should drop, cover and hold on to protect yourself. Take cover immediately under a sturdy object, such as a desk, table or chair. Hold on to the desk/sturdy object – be ready to move with it until the shaking stops.
- If no sturdy object is available, drop to the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
- Stay away from windows/glass, tall furniture, hanging objects, and other potential falling objects.
- If you use a wheelchair, lock the wheels and cover your head.
What should you do if you are outdoors?
- Move to a clear, open area away from buildings, trees and overhead power lines if you can safely do so and drop to the ground.
- If you are driving, pull to the side of the road and stop. Avoid stopping under overhead hazards or near buildings.
- Wait for the shaking to stop.
What should you do after the shaking stops?
- Remain calm. When the shaking stops, look around to make sure it is safe to move. Avoid damaged stairways and doors, exposed electrical lines, potential/actual falling objects, and other hazards.
- Help those who need assistance and call emergencies for life-threatening or medical emergencies, fire, gas leak, flooding, or hazardous material spills.
- Evacuate only if there is immediate danger (fire, gas leak, signs of structural damage, or other condition).
- Do not use elevators. You will not be certain whether there is a threat of fire.
- Do not use any open flames (matches, lighters). Do not touch any damaged or downed electrical power lines.
- Expect aftershocks. Drop, cover and hold on whenever you feel snaking.