I live in a state (some say confusion) that has pretty much everything thrown at it. Heavy Rain, Floods, Fire, Ice, Snow Wind, Drought, Severe tempature changes, heck we have even had a Hurricane position itself over us. We cope and thank our lucky stars we don’t have to deal with those pesky earthquakes the “Westy’s” deal with……wait a minute what the hell was that? A large truck, a stinking train coming thru the back forty? why are the dogs acting goofy? BEEP, BEEP, BEEP the national emergency broadcast system has issued an alert you that we have just registeered an earthquake with the epicenter 18 miles from …..SWEET BISQUITS! NOW I GOTTA DEAL WITH THE EARTHQUAKES?
I don’t get worked up about many things after all that is why we prep eh? So I start asking questions and researching via the interweb and books about earth quakes. Oh I knew the basics about hiding under a door frame or a table which didn’t make too much sense to me because when a tornado alert is announce we run outside to go look at it. Nope, I mainly wanted confirmation that the earthquakes were not Brain cell sucking organisms. It is the only thing that would explain what happened to intelligent life over there on the West coast. Anyway, come to find out it is in fact not a brain cell sucking organism and my information was outdated getting under a doorway wasnt the best advice. This article goes to explain what you should do after a Quake occurs the fantastical part is as preppers we are already accustomed to practising our preparedness drills so once we get the basics down then its run the drill when the sun is shining, wait that’s a nader reference, so practice while the ground is stable?
AWK we do not have earthquakes on the sea, you land lubbers are quite lovely, in your cute little land lubber ways. Any-hoo enjoy the article and as always tell us what you think.
What to Do Right Away After an Earthquake
article by DexKnows Contributor.
When an earthquake hits — whether it is a big shaker or a little temblor — there are a few things you need to do immediately afterward to ensure the safety of your family, as well as your neighborhood. Planning ahead and knowing what to do before an earthquake hits is the best preparation one can make. Every family should add earthquake preparedness to their emergency planning, especially when living near a fault zone — even if the fault zone is not very active.
What You Need To Know
- If you don’t have or cannot locate proper equipment to inspect your property after an earthquake, contact a disaster contractor for help.
- Taking the correct steps after an earthquake means preparing in advance. Make an earthquake kit that includes a battery operated radio, an extra set of shoes for each member of the family, containers of fresh water and a two-week supply of dehydrated meals. You’ll also need a flashlight and extra batteries and a First Aid Kit, complete with painkillers and a small amount of regular medications.
- Check everyone in your home for injuries. If anyone is injured, use basic first aid until medical attention can be sought. If anyone has been killed in the earthquake, don’t try to move the body. The injured must be the first priority.
- Look for structural damage around your home. Deep wall cracks, broken studs and damaged stucco can indicate severe structural damage that may require evacuation. If necessary, evacuate to a safer place.
- Check your home for spills and clean them up immediately. Bleach, cleaning solutions, medicines and flammable liquids can be potentially dangerous hazards. Water spilled on the floor can be a slipping hazard.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for news bulletins and updates after an earthquake. Emergency instructions will be given to all residents in the affected areas.
- Save phone calls for emergencies only. A quick call to check on family members and inform someone that you are safe is enough. Lines need to be left open for emergency services.
- Check the utilities around your home. Wear sturdy boots or heavy shoes to protect your feet when venturing outside. Check for gas leaks, damage to electrical lines, and damage to water and sewer lines. If you smell gas, open a window and leave the house immediately. Turn off the gas valve if possible and call the gas company. Check for broken, frayed or sparking electrical lines inside and out. If you find any damaged electrical lines, shut off the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If there is suspected damage to sewage lines, avoid flushing the toilet and call a plumber. If you think the water lines are damaged, don’t use tap water and call your water company.
- Collect any emergency supplies that you have on hand. You will need clean water, nonperishable foods, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, medications and other necessities for your family.
- Don’t go sightseeing or venture into areas that have been damaged by the earthquake unless you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel. If possible, stay where you are and follow instructions given by emergency services.
- Be aware that aftershocks can occur at any time after an earthquake but are most probable during the first 24 hours after a quake. The intensity will diminish over time, but some aftershocks can be as almost strong as the initial quake. Be prepared for aftershocks and any further damage they may cause.
- As soon as you recognize the need for repairs to your property after an earthquake, contact a trusted general contractor or a disaster relief contractor immediately. Home repair specialists are in extreme demand after an earthquake, so it’s important to get onto their schedules as soon as possible.
Tips and Warnings
- As soon as you have phone or e-mail access, contact friends and relatives who lives outside the quake zone. Other friends and family members can contact them for updates on your safety and well-being.
- Stay away from any downed power lines.
- Stay off the roads so emergency personnel can move about freely.