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After an Earthquake

Published on: 2/13/2013 4:18 PM
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You may be sound asleep, stranded in rush hour traffic, on the job, or at play.  When the ground shakes, you must know what to do next.

STAY CALM, BE PATIENT AND PUT YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN INTO ACTION

CHECK FOR INJURIES
  • Give first aid within your capabilities.
  • Get help for seriously injured people.
LISTEN TO RADIO FOR NEWS / INSTRUCTIONS

ASSESS THE DAMAGE
  • If you suspect damage, use flashlights.  Do not use matches or electrical switches as the air may contain gas.
  • Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater.  If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside as soon as possible.
  • Shut off any other damaged utilities.  (You will need a professional to turn gas back on.)
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, and other flammable liquids as quickly and safely as possible.
CONFINE / SECURE PETS

CALL YOUR FAMILY CONTACT (Do not use telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.)

AVOID FALLEN POWER LINES
 
CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (elderly, disabled, medically fragile, etc…).

HELP YOUR COMMUNITY RECOVER

DO NOT SPREAD RUMORS

EXPECT AFTERSHOCKS

Attributions (American Red Cross)