Natural disasters await nobody and nothing. Not only are natural disasters destructive in terms of the physical property but also cause significant casualties. The deadliest examples of natural disasters are earthquakes. Earthquakes occur when there are heavy tectonic movements. These could be a result of volcanic eruptions or movements of geological faults. An earthquake of over 8.5 on the Richter scale can cause heavy damage. It is vital to take measures that reduce the impact of a deadly earthquake. Often, since there is ruckus and disorganization after an earthquake, people overlook their fellow friends and acquaintances. However, that is not the appropriate way to act after an earthquake. The remediation services might take time before they turn up. Until then, is your responsibility you and the people around you to be in charge of the situation. To help you better understand the right way to react and the reasonable things to do after an earthquake, here is a detailed explanation for the same.
Stay in the open
When you feel an earthquake approaching, the first thing to do is leave the house or building. The point is to be out in the open under no roof. However, after the earthquake, there may be significant property damage. The biggest mistake you can make after an earthquake is to think the danger is gone. Earthquakes come in waves, which is to say if the sensation of one is over, the other is on its way. It is imperative not to seek shelter under any concrete buildings. Stay out in the open and stay with people. Secluding yourself in case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake is the last thing that will help you. Do not use elevators to come up and down any buildings, use staircases.
After a severe earthquake, prioritize health and safety instead of materialistic possessions. Look out for people around you. Check for missing people who may have been stuck inside buildings or houses. Call for medical support immediately. People that require CPR or basic first aids should be attended to at once, immediately. If there are more critical injuries like ligament fractures or head injuries, professional medical health should be called at once.
As stated earlier, the intensity of an earthquake and its ability to cause significant damage depends upon its value on the Richter scale. If you live in an area that is not prone to the usual earthquake, chances are there will be unnoticeable or no property damage. However, if you live in a red zone that is prone to earthquakes, there are significant chances of property damage. Post-earthquake, when the damage is not in sight, assess your property for damage. Check your car, appliances, air conditioners, and other valuable belongings. You may even have to file for an insurance claim if the damage is pertinent. If there is any damage to the public property, report it.
Beware of aftershocks
Aftershocks are earthquakes that can be expected after the most intense wave has passed through. Aftershocks can be equally dangerous, and it is pertinent to keep an evacuation plan ready. Talk to your surrounding people and plan to meet at a designated spot should a similar situation arise. The first wave may have caught you by surprise but prepare yourself for aftershocks. Keep an emergency kit ready with things that you will need to remain safe. Keep a first aid kit handy to help people around you.
Disasters do not discriminate.
Natural calamities are unbiased. They catch you off guard and, if you lack proper planning and execution, chances are you will fall prey to unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances. It is vital to look out for people, stay with the people you care for and love. Make it a point to help people if you are in a position to help. Often, after a non-destructive earthquake, people talk about it for a while and forget about it. When you consider places that are severely impacted by a strong earthquake, you realize how devastating the aftereffects are. People are devoid of proper food and water. Not to mention, their property and source of livelihood are damaged to the core. Some are even devoid of mandatory medical care after a calamity like an earthquake. Woke people keep in mind an effective plan to counter an earthquake and keep the situation in control before calling for remediation services.