It might be surprising, but earthquakes are an almost-daily occurrence in the Philippines. This is because the Philippines is located along ‘The Pacific Ring of Fire’.
Like many natural disasters, there is no way to predict when or where an earthquake might happen, so it’s always best to be prepared.
- Consult with an expert to secure furniture around your home (bolting bookcases, installing latches on cupboards, storing heavy and breakable objects on lower shelves).
- Keep a supply kit on hand. Ensure that you have a 3-day supply of food and 12L of water per person, along with a fully stocked first aid kit, dust mask and goggles, a battery-operated radio and flashlight and a loud whistle.
- Have an earthquake readiness plan set in place and make sure everyone in your household knows where to meet in case you’re in different places when the earthquake happens.
- Earthquakes can cause fires, especially in urban areas, take a fire safety training course.
- Drop, cover and hold. Drop to your hands and knees, cover your head and neck with your arms and hold onto sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
- Avoid bookcases, windows and other furniture that might fall on top of you.
- If you’re outdoors, make your way to an open area without buildings, trees and power lines.
- If you’re in a car, go to a clear place and stay in the car until the shaking stops.
- Check yourself for injuries and treat yourself before assisting others.
- If you’re in a damaged building, leave immediately. Never enter a damaged building as it may collapse due to aftershocks.
- If you find yourself trapped, cover your mouth and create noise by banging on a pipe or wall, blowing into a whistle or sending a text to emergency services.
- Once safe, monitor local news reports via battery operated radio to stay up to date on emergency information and alerts
Keep yourself and your family safe no matter the situation!