What To Do Before, During, and After an Earthquake?

Proper Actions Could Keep You Safe

INSIDE: Emergency Supplies for the Classroom

INSIDE: Emergency Supplies for the Classroom

Before an earthquake you should feel confident on having a safe home. You need to know many things before an earthquake happens so you are prepared for what is to come.  Inspect your house for any hazards, and that loose items are secure. Heavy items should not be placed in high areas like on a shelf. Instead put the heavy items at the bottom of the shelf and lighter items at the top. Prepare your home with with a full new set of batteries for a battery powered radio or a flashlight. You yourself and your family needs to know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity. Also in your supplies own glow sticks, canned foods, and extra gallons of water. Note that I never say candles, you should never light fire after an earthquake, just in case there is a gas leak.

During an earthquake there should be a few safety rules you should know. When you first feel the shaking you should automatically drop down on your hands and knees, this will protect you by being able to move around without falling. The second thing you should do is cover your head and neck, this helps you if falling objects fall on top of you; your head and neck are the most important parts of your body so you want to be able to protect them. Another thing that you want to do during an earthquake is hold on to shelter, you want to do this so when the earthquake is happening you won’t fall or move around.

After an earthquake there are some things you should do. You should first check your injuries before other people, after you do so you may check your family and friends. Make sure to have clothing/shoes that will protect you from the damage the earthquake has caused. Then you want to Leave the gas on at the main valve, unless you smell gas or think it’s leaking. It may be weeks or months before professionals can turn gas back on using the correct procedures. Explosions have caused injury and death when homeowners have improperly turned their gas back on by themselves. You lastly want to get all your essentials such as water medicine, food and get everyone out to a open space or somewhere safe for there will be aftershocks. Follow these recommendations to have a better earthquake experience.

What to do if you have a disability or limitation:

 You first want to drop down on the ground before the earthquake does, then you want to hold on to something durable on the ground or around you. If you are unable to do this you should get onto the ground as fast as you can and get into a seated position and rap your arms around your head and neck.



by Evelyn Perez and Jennifer Lopez

Earthquakes can strike any minute, even though you live where there are hardly any earthquakes, there are always possibilities. The following are the things you may need in a classroom:

  • First aid kit                                                                      
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Rolled gauze
  • Aspirin, non aspirin tablets
  • Eye drops
  • Cotton tipped swabs
  • Towelettes
  • Bandages
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Bottles of water
  • Emergency food supply
  • Flashlights,batteries
  • Whistle