Earthquake Drills and Preparedness Tips
Living in California means having to be prepared for an earthquake at any time. Many Californians have been taught the dos and don’ts since elementary. Drop cover and hold on! Principle preparedness tips taught since we were kids. After high school, these drills we practiced for years slowly stop. But PHD Insurance is here today to give you a refresh course of what to do in case of an earthquake and how to prepare for one.
Let’s start by preparing an emergency kit with water, blankets, non-perishable food, flashlight, radio, whistle, batteries, medications and a first aid kit. Make a plan with your family. Discuss what to do during an earthquake, different ways of communication and where to meet up after in case you are separated. Sometimes it is easier to call long distance after a disaster. Choose an out-of-state relative to call and inform your location in case of a disaster. Also, stay informed. Research different preparedness plans for natural disasters and share them with your family. Tune in to your local radio station or television channel to find out updates, alerts or shelter options.
According to “Shake Out,” federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all believe that “Drop, Cover and Hold On” is still the most appropriate action to help reduce injuries and deaths during earthquakes. You might be telling yourself, “I’ve lived through many earthquakes and didn’t performed the ‘Drop, Cover and Hold On’ drill and I still survived.” That’s true, but it can also mean you haven’t experience a much larger earthquake that jerks the ground out from under your feet. Having to perform those three easy steps can lessen the chance of injury during an earthquake. Here is what to do according to “Shake Out”:
- DROP where you are, onto your knees and hands. This position will allow you to crawl to shelter nearby you and protects you from being knocked down.
- COVER your neck and head with one arm and hand. If you find a sturdy table or desk nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no table or desk is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall away from windows. Bend over to protect vital organs and stay on your knees.
- HOLD ON until all shaking has stopped. If you are under a shelter, hold on to it with one hand and be ready to move with it if it shifts. If you are not under shelter, hold on to your neck and head with both arms and hands.
Now that we know what to do in case of an earthquake, here is what NOT to do according to “Shake Out”:
- NO to getting in a doorway! A doorway is not safe. It will not protect you from flying or falling objects. Instead, get under a table or desk.
- NO to running outside! As the ground moves during an earthquake, it is very dangerous to be running as you can fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside your home or building is extremely dangerous as glass, bricks or other building components can be falling and injure you.
- NO to believing in the so-called “triangle of life”! A “triangle of life” is described as getting next to a table or furniture rather than underneath it, as they say the building will collapse on top of the furniture. Believing that getting beside furniture is safer than underneath it IS A FALSE ASSUMPTION! People DO survive under furniture or other shelters.
Now that you know how to protect your family and self during an earthquake, do you know if your home is insured against earthquake damage? Click Here to learn more about Earthquake Insurance and how to have peace of mind knowing the cost to replace your belongings and repair your home are covered by your insurance policy. If you would like to read more on how you can prepare for an earthquake visit Shake Out.
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