A major earthquake took place in San Francisco back in 1906 which had a huge impact on the lives of all future residents of the area. It sent out a clear message: anything can occur between the hour that they go to bed at night and the hour that they rise in the morning. The burning question for most people concerned their odds of waking up again.
Earthquake Emergency Preparation Measures Worth Heeding
It is the same story for people living in Baguio in the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia and other nations that have witnessed harsh earthquakes. Nearly all of these guys did not know what had hit them, and were caught completely unaware.
Many people residing in earthquake-prone regions choose to live one day at a time, knowing that there might come a day when they will not wake up. However, there's one thing setting these people apart from most individuals living in safer locations. Although aware of the impending tragedy in the form of a massive earthquake that could hit anytime, they are ready for it.
Residents of such areas enjoy their lives just as much as the next guy. However, they see to it that they live in buildings that are safe enough to handle earthquakes. The majority of the high-rise structures were specifically built for withstanding earthquakes.
One technology expert resides somewhere in the Marina, the most earthquake-susceptible area within the city. He is well aware of the huge risk he is taking by living there. The only difference is that he does not take chances and always keeps a number of gallons of water on hand. He also has emergency kits and earthquake packs ready. These contain first-aid medications plus packet food supplies. There are also additional batteries, flashlights and other gadgets in his earthquake arsenal.
People driving during an earthquake are better off staying inside their vehicle. If stuck inside a mall or grocery store, stay away from heavy shelves as well as other sizable items. If inside a sports stadium or theater when an earthquake strikes, do not run. Ducking under a seat and waiting until the situation calms down is the better option.
During earthquakes, it is important to remember to crouch down and keep away from anything heavy that could fall onto you and cause injury. Another good tip for an earthquake emergency is to shelter under tables so that you are protected from any falling debris. If this is impractical, exit the building right away and rush to somewhere open where there are no trees, power cables or high-rise buildings.
The Earthquakes themselves are not always the cause of all of the casualties. Some people die because they give in to panic, having failed to prepare for such emergencies. It is always helpful to have at least one emergency earthquake plan, regardless of your location.
The point is that you have greater chances of survival if you adequately prepare for such emergency situations. People who do not anticipate worst-case scenarios are the ones who tend to panic. They also usually end up the initial victims during an emergency since they do not have the presence of mind to do the sensible thing.
Author: Dan Annweiler
Dan Annweiler is the CEO & Editor-in-Chief of The Emergency Survival Blog and related Online Emergency Survival Store. The Emergency Survival Blog is dedicated to preparing others for natural and man-made disasters.
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