Natural Disasters

Natural disasters, such as floods, forest fire, snowstorms or a major earthquake may

Occur anytime, on which we may not have any control. But if you are prepared, you can

Reduce the risks involved. Make sure everyone in your household knows how to shut off

The gas, water and electricity.

If an earthquake strikes, the secret to survival will be to avoid panic. In a major quake

The ground can pitch and roll like the deck of a ship in a storm. Your chances of survival

Are best if you remain calm and prepared.

Here is what you can do:

BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE
Assemble a family emergency pack containing food, water, medications and first
Aid supplies and battery-operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries.

Fasten hot water heater securely in place and tall furniture solidly to walls.
Take a current, approved first aid course.
Prepare a family emergency plan and practise it regularly.
Know the best way to reach the nearest emergency first aid station.
Be prepared to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.
DURING THE EARTHQUAKE
If you are in a building : 1. stay there and take cover beneath sturdy furniture
or in doorways. Stay close to the centre of the building

and away from glass window.

Don’t ignite candles, matches or lighters.
Remain clear of areas subject to the danger of falling
debris.

If you are in outdoors : Stay away from buildings and overhead power lines.
If you are in a moving car : Stop in a clear area away from bridges and overpasses
And stay inside the car.

3. AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

Assess situation, check for injuries, treat your own injuries and if qualified give
First aid.

b) Inspect gas, water and electric lines. If in doubt, shut off mains. If there is a gas

leak, open windows, leave building and report to authorities.

c) Consult radio or TV for emergency information.

d) Stay out of damaged building.

e) Make phone call only for life threatening emergencies. Don’t overload the phones

needlessly.

f) Provide emergency help to those about you and remain calm until help arrives.