Earthquake Safety and Plan

Preparedness is the key for safety

By Donna, mom, editor, publisher, travel agent July 5, 2019

Earthquakes occur without any warning, at any time of year, day or night. No place on Earth never had an earthquake. Some may be small, hard to be felt. Some have large and massive, those that destroy life and property. Other places experienced more, others less. But an earthquake is an earthquake. And it has the same safety measures, whether small or large, frequent or less. 

Be knowledgeable about earthquake safety and have a plan! Remember the basics: DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Practice DROP, COVER and HOLD ON with all members of your household.

DROP to the ground. Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table. HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, 

  • Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops.
  • Try to get as far away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights as possible.

If you’re in bed: stay in bed and cover your head with a pillow.

If you’re outdoors: move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.

If you’re driving: pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs, and other hazards.

  • Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops.
  • After the shaking has stopped, drive on carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris as well as landslides.

If you’re in a stadium or theater: stay at your seat or drop to the floor between rows and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over.

If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On: If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect our head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.  If you’re in a wheelchair, lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops.

Get more tips for earthquake safety.

Preparedness is the key to safety. Download the free Southern Nevada Community Preparedness app. The app is available for download on Apple or Android devices. It provides an easy way for residents and tourists to directly receive emergency notifications, real-time weather alerts, and general preparedness information. The app also helps users to build an emergency plan, locate evacuation routes, identify nearby shelters, and share safety status with loved ones.

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