When is the next big one – that is, the next big earthquake? Unfortunately, like lottery numbers, no one can predict when the next big one will hit with any certainty. But, that gives us more time to prepare for the next quake. Before the next big quake, here are some tips on preparing:
During the quake you should remain outdoors if you are already outside. On the other hand, if you are indoors, you should drop to the ground and take cover under a table and ride out the quake. Also, standing in the doorway is safe place during the quake. Obviously, you want to stay away from glass buildings and windows, or anything that can fall due to the shaking.
Start cleaning the outside of the home first. The weather plays a big role on dirtying the outside of the home. Check walkways, doors, and windows for damage to see if they are in need of replacement. Also, don’t forget to inspect the roof, and see if any missing tiles or shingles are absent.
After the shaking has ended, make sure your surroundings are safe before you leave the home or building you are in. Keep in mind that there may be aftershocks. Although not as strong as the initial quake, these aftershocks can still cause property damage. In the end, preparation is vital and having a developed plan before the next quake will ensure the safety of yourself and family.
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