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Lessen the Shock of an Earthquake with Tips for Safety and Preparedness

Monday, January 29, 2018   /   by Sean Zanganeh

Lessen the Shock of an Earthquake with Tips for Safety and Preparedness




Earthquakes are part of life in San Diego county. While it's impossible to know exactly when or where an earthquake may strike, or just how strong it will be, we can do things now to help us prepare for potential earthquakes, including "The Big One." Here are some helpful tips to know to make sure you are prepared for what Mother Nature may throw our way.

During An Earthquake:



o    If you're indoors, stay there. Get under -- and hold onto --a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you're in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator.

o    If you're outside, get into the open. Stay clear of buildings, power lines or anything else that could fall on you.

o    If you're driving, move the car out of traffic and stop. Avoid parking under or on bridges or overpasses. Try to get clear of trees, light posts, signs and power lines. When you resume driving, watch out for road hazards.

o    If you're in a mountainous area, beware of the potential for landslides. Likewise, if you're near the ocean, be aware that tsunamis are associated with large earthquakes. Get to high ground.
o    If you're in a crowded public place, avoid panicking and do not rush for the exit. Stay low and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.



After An Earthquake:



o    Check for fire or fire hazards. If you smell gas, shut off the main gas valve. If there's evidence of damage to electrical wiring, shut off the power at the control box.

o    If the phone is working, only use it in case of emergency. Likewise, avoid driving if possible to keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.

o    Be aware that items may fall out of cupboards or closets when the door is opened, and also that chimneys can be weakened and fall with a touch. Check for cracks and damage to the roof and foundation of your home.

o    Listen to the radio for important information and instructions. Remember that aftershocks, sometimes large enough to cause damage in their own right, generally follow large quakes.

o    If you leave home, leave a message telling friends and family your location.

Watch this short movie about the next "Big One" and how to keep your San Diego home safe!