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Disaster Strikes: how to protect yourself in an earthquake

An earthquake can happen at any time and without warning. It is essential to be prepared and know how to protect yourself during this natural disaster. The following tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe during an earthquake.

  1. Drop, cover, and hold on: If you are indoors during an earthquake, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it. If there is no table or desk nearby, get down against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.
  2. Stay away from windows: Glass can shatter and cause serious injury, so it is important to stay away from windows, mirrors, and other glass objects during an earthquake.
  3. Evacuate tall buildings: If you are in a tall building, evacuate as quickly as possible, using the stairs and not the elevator.
  4. Avoid power lines: Do not touch or go near any power lines as they can be live and cause serious injury.
  5. Create an emergency kit: Prepare an earthquake emergency kit that includes food, water, first aid supplies, a flashlight, and a battery-operated radio. Make sure everyone in your household knows where the kit is stored.
  6. Practice an evacuation plan: Create and practice an evacuation plan with your family, including a designated meeting place outside your home.
  7. Secure heavy items: Secure heavy items such as bookshelves, televisions, and other appliances to prevent them from falling and causing injury during an earthquake.

By following these tips, you can be prepared and stay safe during an earthquake. It is important to always be vigilant and to stay informed of any new safety measures or alerts in your area.

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