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Preparation And Proper Course Of Action Can Save Lives During Earthquake

February 24, 2011 by  

Preparation and proper course of action can save lives during earthquakeFollowing last week's string of minor earthquakes in Arkansas, a powerful tremor rocked New Zealand on Feb. 22, killing at least 75 people and injuring hundreds more. Prime Minister John Key described it as the "darkest day" in the nation's history.

Scientists are unable to predict where and when an earthquake is going to hit, so it is important to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. California's Department of Conservation (DOC) recommends that residents stock up on the bare essentials — such as food, water, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, a portable radio and flashlights — because electricity, water, gas and telephone may not be in service after an earthquake.

Aside from securing heavy appliances to the ground or to wall studs, homeowners should also place hazardous materials in safe locations. For example, the DOC suggested that small, breakable objects and flammable liquids should be kept on low shelves or in secure cabinets.

Although the indoor procedure during an earthquake is well-known — get under a sturdy table or door frame while avoiding windows and outside walls — some people are apt to panic if they are outdoors and away from their families. However, the DOC advises individuals to get into an open space to avoid buildings, power lines or any other structures that could potentially fall.

If a person is in a car during a tremblor, Weather.com says that the driver should immediately move the vehicle out of traffic and park in an open area away from a bridge or an overpass. The passengers should then remain in the car until the shaking ceases, keeping in mind that aftershocks typically follow the initial earthquake.

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  • http://com i41

    Scientist can predict an earth quake, but know how to forecast global warming. Better tell Gorester and Onumnutts to get under each other since the sky is falling, and any thing an “expert” claims it is a fact, even if it a b–l s–t theory at best!

  • jim

    As I understand it under a desk you may be crushed by the weight of the roof on the desk. It is better to be next to the desk flat on the floor as the desk crushes its volume will allow a space to its sides

    • Granny Mae

      jim,

      I also read where the best place to be was beside a couch on the floor or beside the bed on the floor, for the same reaon. The article was written by a man that made his living rescuing people from buildings toppled in earthquakes. He said that most all of the people they find alive have been in places that afforded protection by making a gap over them. This is very good information to have and be able to use if possible.

  • Al Sieber

    When you’re ears start ringing it means a earth quake is happening.

    • independant thinker

      My ears ring 24/7/365 and I ain’t shaking.

      • Granny Mae

        Independant thinker,

        I guess that clue leaves you and me out. My ears ring 24/7 too.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Granny Mae,
          I guess I’m in good company then as mine do as well!!! Guess I’m out of luck if we DO get one!!!

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