On Monday, April 22, 2019, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked parts of Luzon including Metro Manila that resulted in the suspension of classes in FEU Tech. Since then, consecutive earthquakes have struck other parts of the country including Samar and Davao.
There is no way we could predict when an earthquake will happen but we can be vigilant and prepared. Even as students, it is also very important for you to know what to do during disasters.
Here are some things to remember before, during, and after an earthquake:
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE:
- Prepare in advance.
Begin by assembling an emergency preparedness kit. Include necessary items like water, canned goods, manual can opener, battery-powered flashlight and radio, first aid kit, important family documents, etc. You can also create a household evacuation plan so you will immediately know where to exit.
- Read the news and stay informed about what's going on.
It is definitely an advantage if you are well-informed about what's going to happen in your community. One way to gather relevant information is to watch or read the news. Update yourself from time-to-time. Stay vigilant.
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:
- Drop, cover, and hold on.
Students often hear these words during earthquake drills because this is very important when an actual earthquake happens. Move as little as possible because most injuries during earthquakes occur due to people moving around. This can result to falling and suffering sprains, fractures and head injuries. Try to protect your head and torso when this happens too.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.
Do not panic and run outside. If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
- If you are already outside, find a clear spot and drop to the ground.
Stay in a safe place until the shaking stops. Try to get as far away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights as much as possible. However, if you are inside a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines.
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE:
- Return home only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
Do not worry about what you have left inside your house. Prioritize your safety and follow the rules. Return only when you get a go signal from authorities.
- Check if you have injuries.
Check if you have any injuries first. Make sure you are okay before you help another injured or trapped person.
- Be ready for aftershocks.
After an earthquake, the disaster may continue. Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides, or even a tsunami if you live near the coast. Each time you feel an aftershock, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON again.
Stay safe, Tamaraws, and always remember these tips.