We have talked in past posts about preparing for an earthquake and we have mentioned what may happen after the shaking stops ( I will write another post on that). This post I wish to discuss what you can do during the earthquake to help minimize injuries to you. This is not a guarantee that you won’t get injured. These are just suggestions to help minimize the injuries.
If you are indoors: Drop, cover, and hold on. This sounds simple, but you do want to make sure that you are near an interior wall. Protect your head and neck with your arms. If possible, take cover under sturdy tables or desks and hold on to the legs until the shaking stops
Move away from exterior walls, large appliances, tall furniture and cabinets with heavy objects stored in them. Avoid and glass areas such as near mirrors and windows. Do not go outside until the shaking stops.
In Bed: Surprisingly they are recommending that you stay in bed until the shaking stops. Cover your head with your pillow to protect it and wait until the shaking stops. If at all possible, put on shoes prior to leaving the bedroom, there may be broken glass and other items on the floor that may injure you if you try to leave barefoot.
Inside of a High Rise Building: Drop and take cover away from windows. If possible try to get under a sturdy desk or table. Avoid the elevators. Remember the Sprinkling system will most likely turn on.
At Work: Follow all of the procedures that we have discussed for being indoors. Know your workplace’s Safety Plan and utilize it. When safe, move to a specified meeting location.
These are the suggestions for what to do if you’re caught inside during an earthquake. It is important to have a specified meeting location and meet at that location when it is safe to do so. This will allow someone to know that you’re safe and not trapped inside.
These are just guidelines to help you stay as safe as possible, things obviously will be very chaotic. This is when a little preparation will go a long way to help you and your loved ones survive.