Earthquake Survival: What To Do During A Quake?


survival skills do's and don'ts when an earthquake occurs

If you have ever felt the ground and/or your house shaking, it’s quite a scary experience.

Quakes or earthquakes are without a doubt one of the most dreaded natural disasters. In fact, some say they are even worse than typhoons or hurricanes.

Although seismographs can detect the slightest changes in the movement of the earth, they unfortunately cannot warn people to migrate or evacuate when a quake suddenly occurs. Unlike typhoons, for which weather predictions can warn people of incoming atmospheric disturbances, people can not hide from earthquakes.

This is why earthquake survival is a very crucial aspect in attaining survival skills. When you are inside a building or in a house, school or hospital there are specific areas in these dwellings that you can run to and be relatively safe. However, there are also places that are not so safe to be during an earthquake.

Here are a few earthquake survival tips to commit to memory.

In places where earthquakes are prone to occur, make sure to stay tuned to the local news or radio regarding the weather. Scientists and geologists often make reports and prediction on when an earthquake will likely occur. So be sure to stay informed.

Always be alert and be cautious to sensations and sounds related to earthquakes. Strange behavior of animals, howling of dogs, birds unusual flocking and snakes emerging are just some of the tell tale signs of odd earth movement or some say there is linkage.

If you have been through emergency preparedness training before, you may be familiar with the drop – cover – hold method of surviving earthquakes.

In essence, the method is actually very simple.

  1. DROP — DROP down to the floor.
  2. COVER — Take COVER under a sturdy piece of furniture. If that is not possible, seek COVER against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, or tall furniture.
  3. HOLD — If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it. HOLD the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.

This earthquake survival method is comparable to the stop – drop – roll method we are taught during fire emergencies. The purpose of rolling on the floor is to keep away from smoke or fumes that might be a result of gas leaks or fire. Smoke does not settle at the bottom of a space, so in order to stay away from harmful fumes, stay on the floor.

Finally, another good earthquake survival tip is to try and stay calm, cool and collective during and earthquake, although your nerves may be quivering inside.


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