11:16, May 18, 2008
Here are some guidelines to staying safe in earthquakes.
Things that you will need: Portable Radios, First Aid Kits, Fire Extinguishers and Flashlights;
Stay inside and duck and cover. Get underneath a desk or table, or stand in a corner or under a doorway. Cover your head and neck with your arms.
Move against an interior wall if in a high-rise building with no protective desk or table nearby. Cover your head and neck with your arms.
Try to get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, signs and power lines if outdoors.
Pull over to the side of the road away from overpasses and power lines if driving. Stay in your car until the shaking ends.
Get away from shelves or other areas where objects may fall if in a crowded store or public area. Do not run for the door. Crouch and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.
Stay in your seat if in a stadium or a theater. Get below the level of the back of the seat and cover your head and neck with your arms.
Tips and Warnings:
· If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, hold on to it and be prepared to move with it.
· Try to stay away from kitchens and garages, where there are often many objects that might fall.