Earthquake awareness


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Tips for Earthquake awareness

*Make sure you have a first aid kit.

*keep a supply of medications that you take on a regular basis

*Always have an emergency supply of nonperishable food (tinned goods) and potable water.

*Make sure that every family member knows his/her blood type.
*Always keep a battery-powered radio, a flashlight & spare batteries.

*Make sure family members know how to turn off the electricity, gas and water.

*Identify possible escape routes& be aware of the load bearing walls in your house as well as its points of weakness. Identify sources of possible falling debris.(roof tiles etc) Most injuries are the result of falling objects.

If an Earthquake Occurs

*Stay calm & Don't panic.
*Don't go outside, there will probably be falling debris

*Turn off all power sources (gas and electricity).

* try to Open the doors in your escape route. in severe earthquakes, doors can be bent so that they cannot open.
* Get under cover. Place yourself in an open doorway or under a table, desk or anything that is strong.

*If you are in a car, be prepared for your vehicle to be thrown around. Tune into a local radio station and listen for the emergency broadcast.

*avoid stopping on bridges or under overpasses.

what to do after the Earthquake

*Beware of aftershocks. these can be smaller or sometimes larger than the original quake

*Aftershocks can trigger landslides or collapse weakened buildings, walkways, roadways, bridges and overpasses.

*Check for injured or trapped people in your building & surrounding areas. Turn off stoves and heaters.
*Check for fires and gas leaks from ruptured lines or connections. Do NOT light a match or turn on any gas appliance until you're sure the gas lines haven't been ruptured. Open all your windows and doors for ventilation if you smell gas.

*Unplug appliances, Be especially careful if you smell gas. Don't attempt to shut off your house's electricity or even unplug appliances if you can smell gas. One spark could set off a fire.

*Extinguish fires. Remember, water will probably not be available. Before using a fire extinguisher, be sure you have a safe exit in case the fire gets out of control.

*Assist injured people

*Avoid fallen power lines. Don't stand under the power lines during or after the quake.

*If you are in a Vehicle, which is touching fallen power lines, you should probably wait for help. The rubber tires should insulate you from shock as long as you do not touch the ground while you are still in contact with the car. If you must get out, don't let an open door touch anything else and jump entirely clear in one motion.
*Be careful about water, don't drink tap water or use toilets until you know the water and sewage lines are intact. Contaminated water lines could spread an epidemic. Overflowing toilets will create a health hazard.

*If you do have to evacuate, go to the specified evacuation area.

*Cover your skin by wearing a long sleeved shirt and long slacks.

*Before evacuation, shut the doors and windows of your house.

Not sure of the price of earthquake cover for your home but I have paid as low as 60YTL a year. Mind you at 60YTL I wouldnt expect to get paid out! LOL

Seriously, if you are considering a house purchase, earthquake insurance is a an option that you should consider. There are many high profile companies to choose from and usually as in the UK your bank can advise.