Safety Tips – Earthquakes

Earthquakes are the disaster you cannot wait to prepare for.  Often times, they strike out of nowhere.  They can strike during day or at night, in the summertime or dead of winter, and just about anywhere in Nevada.  There is no ‘Doppler Radar’ that will show us exactly when, where or how an earthquake will hit.  This is why, we all need to prepare for ‘The Big One.’

Plan Ahead

Build an emergency kit.  Have a 3 day supply of food and water for every person and pet in the household, as well as a 7 day supply of any medication.  Other supplies to have in your emergency kit are blankets, first-aid kits, batteries, flashlights, whistle, and a hand-crank radio.

Make a plan.  Know where you are going to meet and practice 2 safe routes to get there.  You never know what kind of damage an earthquake may cause, and which roads are impassable.

What to do during an Earthquake

Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.  Drop to the ground, get under something that can cover you, and hold on to it so it doesn’t shake away.  If you cannot drop under anything, cover your head and torso and move away from walls, mounter mirrors, and top-heavy furniture.

If you are Outside

Move as little as possible.  Find an area that is away from buildings, power lines, and streetlights.  Drop to the ground and do not move until the shaking stops.

If you are in a vehicle, pull over to an area that is clear.  Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops.  Once the shaking has stopped, avoid bridges, overpasses and powerlines.  They may have been compromised during the earthquake.

Everything in this post can also be found on the Red Cross Emergency App.  Download this app for free and get live updates on weather, disasters, and shelters in your area.  Also, this app comes equipped with a toolkit that includes a flashlight, siren, and strobe-light feature.   Download now in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Also, visit the State of Nevada’s Division of Emergency Management page for other tips on preparing for disaster and YOUR local Emergency Manager.   http://dem.nv.gov/Contact_Us/Contact/

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