Dos and don’ts for during, and after, an earthquake

In the spirit of better safe than sorry, here are some basic pointers to keep in mind if you’re caught in an earthquake.
When an earthquake strikes, keep calm and do not panic. (Source: India.com)

When an earthquake strikes, keep calm and do not panic. (Source: India.com)

An earthquake shook buildings in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Monday, witnesses said. The magnitude of the quake or its epicentre was not immediately known.

As people return to their work and homes, it’s always good to brush up on some basic dos and don’ts for during and after an earthquake.

During an earthquake:

** First and foremost, stay calm. Do not panic.

** For today’s generation, move to a safe location first — tweet about it later.

** If you’re indoors, then either stay there and move to a safe location such as under a strong desk, a strong table or under a door beam. The idea is to protect yourself
from falling objects. Avoiding standing near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture, etc.

** If you’re in a high-rise building, take the stairs down. Do not take the lift. If you’re in a lift already, then get out on the next floor.

** If you’re cooking, then turn off the stove and take cover. Do not use candles, matches or other open flames. Put out all fires.

** If you’re outdoors, then move to an open area — away from tall buildings, power lines and trees.

** Once in the open, stay there till the vibrations stops.

** Free all pets and domestic animals so that they can run outside.

** If you’re driving, slow down and stop on the side of the road. If you’re on a bridge or flyover, then cross over and stop on the road. Avoid stopping under bridges and flyovers as well, or under power lines, trees and large signs.

** It’s natural to be concerned about your loved ones, but try not to use the phone lines to call much because they may get jammed, hindering important communication. SMS instead.

After an earthquake:

** Keep stock of drinking water, food items and first-aid equipment in an accessible place.

** Turn on your television/radio to get the latest information/bulletins and aftershock warnings. Check your smartphone alerts as well.

** Help others.




** Attend to those injured and give them aid, also inform a hospital.

** Be prepared for possible aftershocks.

** Close the valve of kitchen gas stove, if it is on. If it is closed, do not open. Do not use open flames.

** Do not operate electric switches or appliances, if gas leaks are suspected.

** Check water pipes, electric lines and fittings. If damaged, shut off the main valves. Do not touch live electrical wires.

** If needed, open doors and cup boards carefully as objects may fall.




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