Earthquake!

 In 2023, Tip of the Week

On April 5, 2024, an earthquake rattled the NorthEast portion of the U.S. Fortunately, for a quake with a magnitude of 4.8, little damage was reported. To read more about it, you can click here.

What caught our attention was some discussion on some morning talk shows. One reporter admitted that she gathered up the family and raced outside when the shaking started. Another said that he stood in a doorway. The meteorologist then proceeded to give some sound advice about how to stay safe during an earthquake. We thought that maybe we’d join in and share our thoughts on earthquake safety as well.

 

Preparation

There is little warning before an earthquake, so the time to prepare is now. A few things that you can do is to:

  • Secure hanging plants, bookcases, and objects that might fall.
  • Store a sturdy pair of shoes under or near your bed. Keep a pair of work gloves with them.
  • Make sure flashlights are working, change the batteries if necessary.
  • Check your fire extinguisher, to make sure it is in good working condition.
  • Discuss earthquake safety with your family. Talking about what to do will give children confidence, knowing that they can be safe.

 

During the Quake

The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. You should also do the following:

  • If you are inside, stay there.
  • Seek refuge under a sturdy table or desk if you can. Hold on to the legs to prevent the table from moving away from you with the shaking.
  • If you are not near a table or desk, crouch against a wall with your arms covering your head to protect it from falling objects.
  • If possible, stay away from windows, and things that could fall on you.
  • If you are outside, walk away from things that might fall on you, taking care to protect your head.
  • If the quake is significant, and you are driving, you may pull over if it is safe to do so, away from overpasses and bridges.

 

 

After the Quake

  • Prepare for aftershocks.
  • Check to make sure your coworkers and/or family are okay. If necessary, administer first aid.
  • Check your surroundings for damage. Make a note of things that you can fix, and report things you may not be able to fix to supervisors or your maintenance department.
  • Following significant quakes, limit calling 9-1-1 to emergencies only. Emergency services will be busy!

 

Earthquakes happen throughout the U.S. We all need to be ready.

 

Weekly Discussion Challenge:

Does your workplace have an Emergency Action Plan? What is in it? What are the expected actions you should take during an emergency, such as an earthquake? What about at home?

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