Role of Individuals and Communities in Earth Quake Emergency Response

What to Do Before a Quake
a. Check for Hazards such as electrical faults and repair of faulty connections;
b. Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors
c. Educating households and community members
d. Have Disaster Supplies on Hand such as food, water and first aid
e. an Emergency Communication Plan as phones may not work
What to Do During a Quake
a. minimize movement to the nearest safe place. Indoors away from glass, windows, lanterns etc. while outdoors away from bridges, building, poles base stations trees. In general, anything that can collapse and cause personal injury
b. if in a moving vehicle, stop and stay in the car, proceed once the earth movement has stopped. Avoid bridges, roads damage by quakes;
c. if in a city and inside a high-rise building, NEVER USE THE ELEVATOR
d. if in the village, come out of your house and stay in the open (away from poles, trees and other building);
e. if under debris, do not move, do not light a match, cover your mouth and only shout when recue is at hand;
What to Do After a Quake
a. Expect aftershocks which can cause more damage and injury;
b. Listen to the radio the latest emergency information;
c. use your phone only for emergency call (police, clinic, SEMA, KEPA);
d. be cautious in opening cupboards, cabinets or anything that is high or attached to the roof cabinets;
e. Stay away from damaged areas;
f. Return home only when authorities say it is safe;
g. Help injured or trapped persons;
h. Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, fuel or other flammable liquids immediately;
i. Inspect utilities and more especially look for electrical system damage.
By Management of KEPA