Explainer: Things to do before, during, and after an earthquake

Explainer: Things to do before, during, and after an earthquake

Recently, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake jolted many parts of Mindanao. An Intensity VII quake was felt in Cotabato and it was considered “destructive shaking.”

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KAMI learned that there are tips to do before, during, and after the earthquake strikes.

In a report by the CNN Philippines (author Scottie Andrew), it is important to be prepared because an earthquake can strike anytime and wherever you are.

Things to do before earthquake strikes

Make a plan: It is necessary to have a plan and already identify the spots in your house where you can hide safely as the quake happens.

Prepare your house: Make sure to secure items in your house that are most likely to slide or fall like televisions, bookshelves, and more. Keep these things away from your designated safe space.

Set emergency contact: Designate someone out-of-area that you can contact and relay information between your family.

Assign a meeting area after the quake: If separated with family members during the quake, it would be helpful to assign a spot beforehand where the family could meet after the earthquake happens.

Practice: Perform the “drop, cover, and hold on” drills. Drop down to the floor, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, and then hold on to the leg of the furniture until the shaking stops.

Prepare an emergency kit: It would be very helpful to prepare an emergency kit beforehand. Get a bag and store some non-perishable food, bottled water, first aid kit, power bank, whistle, flashlight, medicines, and other essentials you would be needing for the next 72 hours.

Have an extinguisher: Earthquakes could also cause fire sometimes. Therefore, it would be safe to have an extinguisher in case of an emergency.

Fuel up: Keep the gas tank full in case of a power outage. However, be reminded not to drive during the quake.

Things to do during the earthquake

Drop, cover, and hold on: Stay calm and do not panic. Perform the “drop, cover, and hold on” drills until the shaking stops and avoid moving too much.

Avoid staying near windows: Stay away from the windows because flying objects could easily break through the glass.

Stay where you are: If lying in bed, just stay there and cover your face and neck with a pillow. If inside the house, do not run outside. If driving, immediately stop the vehicle in a place clear of trees, buildings, overpasses or wires.

Do not use the elevator: Even if the power is not out, it will be much safer to use the stairs once the shaking stops.

Things to do after the first quake

Wait if there will be aftershocks: Smaller quakes or aftershocks are most likely to happen after a major quake. Therefore, be alert for these aftershocks.

Get out: Once the quake stops, get out of the building, and move far away to avoid falling debris.

If stuck, close your mouth: If you are stuck, it is best to close your mouth to avoid inhaling fumes and debris. It would be better to send a text or blow the whistle.

Keep track of the news: Use your cellular phone to monitor the news. The government will likely give an update regarding the quake.

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Here are other tips from ABS-CBN News:

In a previous report by KAMI, damages and aftershocks are expected following the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that jolted Cotabato on Tuesday.

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