I want to share this bit of information with you, faithful readers. The following safety measures just might save your life during the occurrence of an earthquake:
- Go to an open space, if accessible. It is the safest place to be at during an earthquake;
- In case access to an open space is impossible within seconds, the best thing to do is to seek shelter under a strong furniture during the initial tremor. Don’t try to outrun an earthquake you will have no time to do it;
- Avoid seeking shelter near loosely hanging objects, shelves, unstable or high piled materials that could fall;
- Stay away from glass doors, windows and panelings;
- Do not use the elevator (if any);
- In case you are inside an elevator during an earthquake, exit at the nearest floor, immediately.
- If the elevator stops between floors, remain calm. Push the emergency call button for assistance. Don’t panic, the car will not fall;
- After the earthquake, do not use the elevator. Elevators are usually jammed and short circuits may cause electrocution. Elevators may be used only when safety is ascertained;
After the initial shock, the following safety procedures must be followed:
- After the initial tremor, slowly get out of the place where you sought shelter and determine whether it is safe to resume work. If not, get out of the building and go to a safe open space;
- Rescue trapped persons, if any, and help evacuate the injured;
- Administer first aid to the injured before medical assistance arrives;
- Secure the building from looters;
- Assess the damage and make a report to superior officials of the bank; and
- Be ready for subsequent after-shocks.
How to reduce the danger of after-shocks:
- Exercise care in the use of oil, candles and kerosene lamps. These items should be placed so as not to cause accidental toppling, and away from combustible materials;
- Do not sleep near heavy and tall furniture, such as, tall cabinets, etc.;
- Do not store heavy objects in high shelves where they may fall and cause injury
- Keep flashlights and extra batteries ready in case disaster occurs at night;
- Store food, water, medicine, matches, etc.for emergency use;
- Tune in to any radio station for news and safety advisories;
- Don’t PANIC. Maintain your composure at all times. Panic distorts good judgment.