Last week, our safety topic covered earthquakes! So, we want to share what YOU should do if you’re inside of a tall building during and after an earthquake.
We all know that an earthquake hits without warning, but familiarizing yourself with these steps can be life-saving, especially in a situation where you may not know how to react.
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:
- Remain in the building.
- Take shelter under your desk or table and brace yourself within a doorframe.
- Stay at least 15 feet away from windows.
- Stay put! Shaking causes the desk or table to move be sure to move with it.
- Your body will be telling you to just get out of the building, but resist the urge to panic! Think clearly anticipate sights and sounds that go with an earthquake…like creaking walls, broken glass, and falling objects.
- It’s much safer to stay put and avoid moving around during an earthquake. If the floor is moving, you pose a greater risk of getting injured because as you move other debris may hit you.
- TAKE COVER! Protect yourself with something like your desk that can cover your whole body.
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE:
- Stay in the same safe place for some several minutes in case of aftershocks. Unless instructed to leave, stay in your immediate area unless absolutely necessary
- With adrenaline rushing, you might not notice if you’ve actually been injured. Check yourself for any injuries.
- See if any coworkers are in need of first aid or help from emotional distress/shock.
- What is your survival plan? If possible, find temporary shelter if your rescue team will be delayed.
- Do not use the elevator. USE THE STAIRWAY FOR EXIT STRATEGY UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED.
- Once it is okay to vacate the building, if safe to do so, grab only any super important belongings (ie. phone, wallet), and leave. However, in case of aftershocks, you may want to stay inside. You also need to be aware that if you’re surrounded by buildings, it is best to get away from that area and go somewhere that is an open area.
Preparing for an earthquake:
- Prepare an earthquake kit, warm clothing, food, and water to last at least 72 hrs.
- Organize local emergency response authorities to conduct a planning session.
We hope this helps and remember that safety always comes first!
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