Earthquakes

Earthquakes are common in the Philippines. Most we don’t feel, but a few are strong enough to be felt. When this happens, it can be unnerving. Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for an Earthquake.

  • Before an Earthquake:
    • Check the stability of hanging objects like mirrors, pictures, and ornamental items.
    • Check stability of the shelving units and free standing objects as well as and breakable items on shelves.
    • Know where the fire extinguishers are located.
    • Prepare a “go bag” in case you need to evacuate your home.
  • During an Earthquake:
    • STAY CALM!
    • If you are INSIDE:
      • “Duck, Cover and Hold”
      • If possible, quickly open the door for an exit
      • Duck under something sturdy. (A desk or table, bed frame or door frame if nothing else is available.) Hold on to the furniture/frame.
      • Cover and protect your head a durable item such as a book or tray
      • Stay away from glass tables, windows or glass doors.
      • Beware of heavy items around you that may fall and BE ALERT during the earthquake. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!
    • If you are OUTSIDE:
      • Stay away from trees, power lines, posts and concrete structures.
      • Move away from steep slopes which may be affected by landslides.
      • If you are at the beach and feel an earthquake (especially a strong one), move quickly to higher grounds as a Tsunami may follow.
  • After an Earthquake:
    • DON’T PANIC!!
      • Don’t use elevators or enter damaged buildings.
    • Be prepared for possible aftershocks.
      • Once the shaking stops, take the fastest and safest way out of the building.
    • Check:
      • Yourself and others for injuries
      • For any spills of flammable or toxic material.
      • For any fires that may spread that can be put out quickly.
    • If evacuation is necessary, leave a message stating where you are going and TAKE YOUR “GO BAG”.