What to do in case of an earthquake?

If an earthquake were to strike suddenly, how “ready” would you be?  Find out with us! Here are some good prevention practices to reduce the effects of an earthquake as much as possible.



What to know right now, to 'prepare' for the seismic event: 

  • Move heavy furniture away from beds or sofas and fix shelves, bookcases, pictures and other tall furniture to the walls by placing heavy items on the low shelves of the shelving units
  • (In the kitchen) Stops the cabinet doors from opening so they don't swing open during the quake
  • Learn where the gas and water taps and the general light switch are and how to close them
  • Keep a first aid kit, a flashlight, a battery-operated radio at home, and make sure everyone knows where they are
  • identify the safe points of the house where you can shelter during the shock



If during an earthquake you find yourself in a closed place, remember: 

  • Get in a doorway under a load-bearing wall (the thicker one), near a load-bearing wall or under a beam, or take cover under a sturdy bed or table
  • Don't stand in the center of the room - you could be hit by falling objects
  • Don't rush out right away, but wait for the quake to end

If you are outdoors instead: 

  • Move away from buildings, trees, lampposts, power lines - you may be hit by falling materials
  • Be aware of the possible consequences of the earthquake: collapse of bridges, landslides, gas leaks



After feeling a shock: 

  • Make sure of the health of the people around you and, if necessary, give first aid
  • If you are at home, turn off the gas, water and electricity before going out and put on your shoes. Avoid the lift and be careful of the stairs
  • Limit the use of the car and reach the waiting areas provided for by the Civil Protection Plan
  • If you are in a tsunami-prone area, move away from the beach and go to an elevated place
  • Always maintain a cautious attitude


Dissemination of earthquake information is a collective responsibility, to which we must all contribute. 

Help us spread good seismic prevention practices! 

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