CDEMA Calls for the Public to Take Precautionary Measures in the Event of an Earthquake

ar130002434799816The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with local and regional Disaster Management offices is calling on the public to increase their awareness in the event of an earthquake.

CDEMA encourages persons to prepare for an earthquake hazard and to take all precautionary and preparatory measures.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with local and regional Disaster Management offices is calling on the public to increase their awareness in the event of an earthquake.

CDEMA encourages persons to prepare for an earthquake hazard and to take all precautionary and preparatory measures.

This statement follows the occurrence of the recent earthquake swarm in the Eastern Caribbean over the last week, with as many as 7 events occurring over the period with magnitudes ranging from 3.7 to 5.9.

CDEMA advises that during an Earthquake;

Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure that exiting is safe. (Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur).

It is important to take quick action to be safe when the ground first starts to shake.  Don’t wait until you’ are certain an earthquake is actually occurring.  At the first sign of the earth shaking, if you are in a building, stay inside and away from windows.

Drop, Cover, and Hold on. DROP under a heavy desk or table, COVER your head and torso, and HOLD ON to the furniture.  If you can’t get under something strong, go to an interior wall and sit with your bottom and feet flat on the floor and protect your head. If you are outside, go to an open area.drop cover hold on

Stay away from the kitchen. The kitchen is the highest hazard area in the home. There may be moving appliances and flying dishes. There may be gas or water pipes leaking. This may lead to fire or flooding.

After an Earthquake;

Check for fires, check utilities and shut off if necessary.

Check your house for serious damage – evacuate if there’s threat of collapse.

Check for injuries – administer First Aid and be prepared for more earthquake tremors or aftershocks and turn on a transistor radio for emergency bulletins.

Stay away from landslide-prone areas.

Stay away from buildings that may have been damaged or weakened by the earthquake and be aware of Tsunami Threats – move away from direct coastal areas.

After an earthquake;

Do not light a match or turn on a light switch. Use a flashlight!

Do not touch fallen power lines.

Do not go to the beach to watch for giant sea waves or go sightseeing!  Keep the streets clear for the passage of emergency and rescue vehicles.

Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury.   Use your telephone, except for a medical or fire emergency.

Remember if you feel a shake report or notice unusual earth movements it.

The Office of Disaster Management is also advising that the general public, and public and private sector make all preparations for the upcoming Tropical Hurricane Season 2014.

 

 

 

 

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