After last week’s earthquake which devastated central Italy, it may be a good idea to review basic survival procedures associated with this type of natural disaster.
The powerful tremor that hit the Abruzzo region and killed more than 200 people measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis suggests it is generally good practice for inhabitants of seismically active regions to anchor heavy objects, such as bookcases, mirrors or cabinets to walls.
Heavy objects should never be placed over beds and should be kept lower than head height of the shortest member of family.
The center further advises that once an earthquake begins it is best to crouch under a desk or table, or stand in a stout doorway, away from windows or glass dividers.
If you are outdoors, stay away from buildings, trees, telephones and electrical lines. If on the road, drive away from underpasses and overpasses, stop in safe area and stay inside the vehicle, it suggests.
For those who live in earthquake-prone areas of the U.S., preparing for a disaster through family, school or workplace drills is crucial, and every household within the danger zone should have emergency supplies for at least 72 hours (three days) and a 10 day supply of water, food and medicine.