Natural disasters can be unpredictable and devastating, destroying communities and taking lives.
Although learning how to respond to emergency situations cannot prevent terrible things from happening, it can definitely help you react to them more quickly and efficiently.
This can help save your life and the lives of those around you.
Here are some emergency situations and what to do if they occur:
- Drop to the ground and take cover under sturdy furniture
- Stay there until the shaking stops
- If you are not around sturdy furniture, seek cover by leaning or kneeling against an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms
- Stay away from windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, and outside doors
- Find refuge in a storm shelter, basement or hallway
- Stay away from windows
- Avoid wide-span roof areas like cafeterias or auditoriums
- Get under a sturdy piece of furniture
- Use your arms to protect your neck and head
Listen to the advice of local officials and leave the area if you are instructed to do so.
If you are not evacuated from the area:
- Stay indoors and away from windows
- Close all interior doors and brace external doors
- Take refuge in a small room, closet or hallway on the lowest level
- Lie on the floor under a sturdy piece of furniture
- Keep curtains and blinds closed
- Stay indoors and wait, even if there is a lull. You could be in the eye of the storm.
Being prepared helps to prevent death and injury. So let’s take the time to be organized in order to react quickly.
Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.