With the earthquakes rocking Southern California, we Californians are again reminded of the dark shadow of the possibility of a ‘big one.’ In the middle of lazy summer days filled with backyard picnics and vacations, who is in the mood to be earthquake ready? No one really. But, we ignore this basic safety exercise at our own peril. Here are simple ways to get you started.
Before An Earthquake
- Prepare now by keeping an earthquake preparedness kit. The CDC provides a comprehensive list of what you may want to put in your earthquake kit.
During An Earthquake
- If an earthquake hits, do not stand under a doorway. This common misconception may lead to serious injury. An easy phrase to remember what to do is ‘Drop, Cover, Then Hold On.’
After An Earthquake
- To be safe after an earthquake, be prepared for aftershocks. Make sure that you are not injured and others around you are uninjured.
- Save phone calls for emergencies only, and monitor local news reports for emergency information and instructions.
For a comprehensive and detailed list of what to do before, during, and after an earthquake read this article: https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes
The best way to stay safe is by knowing what to do if an earthquake hits, so take your time to explore these valuable resources and stay prepared.
Shalika Oza is a summer intern at India Currents magazine.