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How to Survive an Earthquake

If a big quake like the one that just hit Mexico were to hit where you live, would you know what to do? This is Robert Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk to you about how you can survive an earthquake. If you live in California you may already be prepared, but the truth is earthquakes can strike in unexpected places.

 

Here are just a few tips you can use to stay safe:

Stay Calm

I know, easier said than done when you are in an earthquake, but remaining calm is essential if you want to be able to assess your position. This could be the key to your survival.

 

Don’t Take the Stairs

The staircase is the last place you want to be in an earthquake, and you really don’t want to be under them if the building collapses. If you can avoid the area around the staircase, it is best to do so at all costs.

 

Avoid Windows

Your windows are another place you want to stay away from—after all, the dangers of flying, broken glass cannot be understated!

 

Take Cover Under Something Sturdy

We all learned this in drills in elementary school, but the advice still rings true today. If there is a sturdy desk or table nearby, you can take shelter underneath it, but it’s important to avoid the area under the bed or tables and desks that are not sturdy enough to bear much weight.

 

Keep a Portable Radio

A portable radio can let you know where evacuation centers, necessary supplies, and other emergency services are, and it can also allow you to receive important messages from local authorities.

 

This is just a starter list, of course, and there are many other ways you can protect yourself. Do a little research and figure out a plan that would work for your property now, because you can’t google earthquake safety when you’re in the middle of one! This is Robert Raskin, signing-off now, and I hope you’ll come back soon to see what I’m posting about next.

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