5 Earthquake Survival Tips You Should Know ASAP

In this article I will be going over the absolute best earthquake survival tips you should be learning about right now.

Many earthquakes happen in an instant. There are many places in the United States known as “fault zones” that are vulnerable to major earthquakes. These states include those on the west coast, in the south, and in the center of the country. 

While very strong or intense earthquakes are uncommon, less powerful earthquakes can be dangerous as well. The key to surviving an earthquake and lowering your risk of injury is to plan, prepare, and practice what you and your loved ones will do if one occurs.

Many experts predict that massive earthquakes will strike the west coast and even the Pacific Northwest. The newest fault in the country’s center could also cause a strong earthquake in areas that have never experienced earthquakes before. Living life on the edge, waiting for a big one, can be a little intimidating.

A major earthquake will cause havoc on the power grid, water systems, and everyday life in general. Businesses that are still open will most likely be closed for repairs or to give employees time to care for themselves and their families.

Grocery stores that are still standing will have their shelves depleted within hours of the quake. Emergency aid will arrive, but it may take days or weeks to mobilize enough to care for a large population.

Without further ado, lets dive right in

The majority of deaths and injuries during an earthquake are caused by collapsing building materials and heavy falling objects such as bookcases, cabinets, and heating units.

Learn where the safe spots are in each room of your house. A safe place could be beneath a sturdy table away from walls, or beneath your covers with a pillow over your head if you’re already in bed.

Plan Ahead

You and your loved ones can learn to react correctly and automatically when the shaking begins by planning and practicing what to do if an earthquake strikes.

Make an earthquake drill for the entire family, especially if you have children. Participating in an earthquake drill will help you and your loved ones understand what to do if you are not present when an earthquake occurs.

Make certain that you and your children are aware of the school’s disaster response procedures. This will assist you in determining where, when, and how to reunite with your children following an earthquake.

Emergency Supplies

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Stock up on emergency supplies that can be used after an earthquake. These supplies should include a first aid kit and emergency supply kits for the home and automobile external icon, including emergency water and food. Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days.

You should also make a list of important information (like telephone numbers of emergency contacts, insurance information, and important medical information) and gather any important documents (like medical documents, birth certificates, and passports). 

Store these items in a secure location like a fireproof or waterproof safe.

Drop Cover and Hold

IMMEDIATELY GET DOWN ON YOUR HANDS AND KNEES. This position keeps you safe from falling while still allowing you to move if necessary.

COVER your head and neck (and, if possible, your entire body) beneath a sturdy table or desk. If there is no nearby shelter, get down near an interior wall or low-lying furniture that will not fall on you and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands. 

Try to avoid windows or glass that could shatter, as well as objects that could fall on you.

HOLD ONTO YOUR SHELTER (or your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Prepare to move your shelter if the shaking causes it to shift.

What to Do After an Earthquake

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Assume you and your family have survived a devastating earthquake. Remember that many injuries occur as a result of an earthquake. Aftershocks, which occur in the aftermath of large earthquakes, can cause damage in their own right. At home, follow this list of earthquake survival tips after an initial earthquake. 

  • Examine yourself and others for any injuries. Give first aid to anyone who requires it.
  • For seriously injured people, dial 9-1-1.
  • Important information and instructions can be obtained by listening to the radio.
  • Examine the water, gas, and electric lines for any damage.
  • If you smell gas, immediately open all windows and doors, leave, and notify authorities.
  • Examine your home’s roof and foundation for cracks and damage.
  • Be cautious of broken glass and debris.
  • In the event of a tsunami, stay away from beaches.
  • Enter damaged buildings and areas at your own risk.
  • Take photos of the damage to your home and its contents for insurance purposes.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside buildings.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings.
  • There will be aftershocks. During aftershocks, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
  • To keep the streets clear for ambulances, avoid driving.
  • When a door is opened, items may fall out of cupboards or closets.
  • Chimneys can be weakened and easily collapse. You should not walk on them.

Final Words

Now that you have learned about the best Earthquake Survival Tips, you have just improved yourself.

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