Over the past couple of weeks, Earthquakes have been all over the news. But do you know what to do in case of an Earthquake? Below are some simple guidelines for you to follow in case of an earthquake whether you are at work, home or in a vehicle.
If you are Indoors:
q DROP to the ground; take COVER and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
q What ever you are covering yourself needs to be a sturdy Table or piece of Furniture.
q If there is not anything to COVER yourself with you still want to DROP, COVER your head and HOLD ON. The best thing to do if there is nothing to get under is to crouch in an inside corner of the building.
q Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity and you know that it is strongly supported, load bearing door.
q If you are at home and in bed, stay there and cover your head with a pillow. Unless there is something that can fall on you, then you need to move to the nearest safe place.
q Stay inside until the shaking stops and if it is safe to go outside.
q Be aware that electricity may go out and if your location has fire sprinklers they may turn on.
You should stay away from:
q Outside Doors and Walls
q Anything that can fall off the walls
q Light Fixtures
If you are Outdoors:
q Stay Outside
q Move away from buildings, streetlights, trees and utility wires.
q Move to an open area and DROP to the Ground and Hold ON.
If you are in a Moving Vehicle:
q Stop as quickly and as safety permits and stay in the vehicle.
q Do not stop near buildings, trees, overpasses, utility wires and streetlights.
q Once the shaking as stop use Extreme Caution as you begin to drive again.
q Do not pull into a Minuteman Parking Company Parking Garage during or after an Earthquake.
q Wait until you hear from your Manager to enter any Minuteman Parking Company Garages.
q When you are driving home after an Earthquake avoid overpasses, ramps and freeways that may have been damaged during the earthquake.
q Listen to you local radio station for road closures
What do I do if I get TRAPPED?
q Do not light a match or lighter
q Do not move about and stir up dust in the area that you are trapped in.
q Cover you mouth with a shirt, piece of cloth, or mask.
q If you are trapped with someone keep the talking to a minimum as you do not want to inhale the dangerous amounts of dust that will be in the air.
q If there are exposed pipes or a wall, TAP on the wall or pipe to alert Rescuers of your location.
q Shout only as a last resort.
Minuteman Parking Company wants all of their employees to be safe during and after an earthquake. So be aware that Aftershocks will continue after the initial earthquake. Sometimes the Aftershocks can be stronger than the initial earthquake.
Stay calm and be conscious of your surroundings.