Preparing for an earthquake is only half the battle. There are many other elements that you need to consider after the earthquake has passed to live through the event successfully. To enhance your chances successfully surviving an earthquake, you need to learn some basic survival tips. These survival tips are what may be what determines whether you live through the situation or die. The worst may be over, but it may not be wise to think that you are now safe.
You do not necessarily need to be an expert to learn the most critical earthquake survival tips. But knowing these tips and tricks can significantly improve your chances of living through the whole event unharmed. So, be attentive and keep reading. The information you get here today may end up saving your life or that of someone else you share it with.
- Check for any wounds on yourself
Immediately after an earthquake, your priority needs to be whether you are injured anywhere and the extent of the injury. Check yourself thoroughly. If you are not hurt, then your next concern should be the people around you. Help your family, friends, and relatives as you also check for any signs of injuries caused by the earthquake. In case anyone is injured, you should call the emergency services immediately. If possible, also perform first-aid on the injured victim. You do not want to be the one thinking you did nothing and someone died when you could have saved his/her life.
- Assess the damage
Once you have determined that everyone is safe and okay, your next logical step is to assess the damage caused by the earthquake. You may also be one of the lucky ones whose home made it through the earthquake relatively unbroken. Smaller earthquakes don’t usually cause too much damage. But for the big earthquakes, it may be wise to hire a safety professional and have them inspect your home instead for damages. The structural integrity of your home may have been compromised without you noticing.
- Shut the electricity
The earthquake may have frayed some of the power lines in your home. So, in case you see sparks or any other instances that may cause electrical accidents, you have to shut off your electricity. If you are not in a position to do that yourself, then you will have to call a professional for help. These are just some of the post-earthquake safety precautions that can help reduce the death risks after the event.
- Do not light fire
An earthquake may have broken your home gas lines. It is, therefore, wise not to start a fire. Instead, go outside immediately. You can also try and turn off the gas from the main shut off switch. If you are not able to do that, then call the gas company to do so from their end or call a professional to do that for you. Even the slightest spark can be extremely dangerous around a gas leak and end up adding to the death toll.
- Tidy up flammables and other combustible fluids instantly
Do this only if you are in a position to. If not, then get as far away from the scene as you can. The moment you notice any gas or vapor that can easily ignite or is easily combustible, try as much as possible to turn it off. If not, then get at a safe distance and call for help from a professional. A speedy approach is the best way to approach and contain a combustible spill. Otherwise, the situation may get messy very soon.
- Prepare for aftershocks
Aftershocks are weaker than the mainshock. But they can also cause damage just as well. Your home or buildings may have survived through the mainshock, but it may have compromised the structural integrity of the building. And so, even the aftershocks may be enough to bring the whole building crumbling down. Aftershocks can follow the mainshock in hours, days, weeks, months, even years after the mainshock earthquake.
- Get the latest information
You can use a battery-operated television or radio to listen in on the news for any information relating to the earthquake. Being informed about what is happening and what to do or what to expect is critical and may save your life too. Maybe more aftershocks are on the way after the mainshock earthquake. And you can prepare for this early enough after learning about it from the news.