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December Safety Topic

December 3rd, 2008 by Treavor Bramwell

DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON! That is what you do during an earthquake. Teach yourself these three steps and you will be more prepared in case of an earthquake at your location or at home.

DROP:Drop on the Floor

COVER:Take cover under something that is sturdy like a desk. It should be something that is not going to tip over during an earthquake. If there is not anything to cover yourself under find something like a door way and cover your head with your hands. Make sure to avoid hazardous areas like near windows and mirrors.

HOLD ON:Make sure you hold onto what ever you cover yourself with. You are going to need to HOLD ON until the shaking stops. You may be in for a bumpy ride. Once the shaking as stopped then you may get out from under whatever you were covering yourself with.

Other things to remember during an Earthquake:If you are DRIVING - Pull to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.If you are OUTDOORS - Move to a clear area away from trees, signs, power lines, buildings, and poles.

Also remember after an earthquake there will be aftershocks. So be prepared to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON even after the first earthquake.

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