ALOR DIVE will offer you some
first information of what to do after an earthquake.
Be prepared for additional earth movements
called "aftershocks." Although most of these are smaller than
the main earthquake, some may be large enough to cause additional damage
or bring down weakened structures.
Because other aftereffects can include fires, chemical spills, landslides,
dam breaks, and tidal waves,
be sure to monitor your battery-operated radio or
TV for additional emergency information.
Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move
injured or unconscious people unless they are in immediate danger from
live electrical wires, flooding, or other hazards. Internal injuries may
not be evident, but may be serious or life-threatening. If someone has
stopped breathing, call for medical or first aid assistance immediately
and begin CPR if you are trained to do so. Stop a bleeding injury by applying
direct pressure to the wound. If you are trapped, try to attract attention to
An earthquake may break gas, electrical, and water lines.
If you smell gas:
shut off the main gas valve if possible;
do not turn any electrical appliances or lights on or off;
report the leak to authorities; and
do not reenter the building until a utility official says it is
safe to do so.
If electric wiring is shorting out, shut
off the electric current at the main box.
If water pipes are damaged, shut off the
supply at the main valve.
Have chimneys inspected for cracks and damage. Do not use the fireplace
if the chimney has any damage.
Check to see if sewage lines are intact before using bathrooms or
Do not touch downed powerlines or objects in contact with downed
Report electrical hazards to the authorities.
Immediately clean up spilled medicines, drugs, flammable liquids,
and other potentially hazardous materials.
Stay off all telephones except to report an emergency. Replace telephone
receivers that may have been knocked off by the earthquake.
Stay away from damaged areas. Your presence could hamper relief
efforts, and you could endanger yourself.
Cooperate fully with public safety officials. Respond to requests
for volunteer assistance from police, fire fighters, emergency management
officials, and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas
unless assistance has been requested.
Evacuating Your Room
If you must evacuate your room:
Post a message,
indicating where you have gone.
Take vital documents (wills, insurance
policies, etc.), emergency supplies, and extra
medications with you.
Confine pets to the safest location possible and make sure they
have plenty of food and water. Pets will not be allowed in designated