The quake in Kathmandu, Nepal which occurred just a few days ago is set to become one for the history books. With an intensity of 7.9 on the Richter scale and a death toll that has moved past 3,000 as of this writing, the disaster is indeed catastrophic as it is tragic.
One can only imagine the depth of grief that the survivors are going through right now; torn between the joy of having another chance at life and the despair and sorrow of moving on without their loved ones.
How to Survive Earthquake?
Whether it’s lack of foresight, weak structures, or bad geology, pointing fingers at this juncture is an exercise in futility. Earthquakes are very difficult to predict and they don’t come with early warning signals like hurricanes do.
Once again, the tragedy in Kathmandu and other surrounding areas poses a great lesson on all of us preppers. What would we have done differently to save ourselves or save as many lives as possible? In case we are part of the fortunate few who were able to live, how to we deal with the aftermath?
Because of this recent news we thought we would share some of our earthquake survival tips from previous posts. You may not be able to predict an earthquake before it happens, but you can increase your chances of saving yourself and your loved ones.
If you live in an earthquake-prone area, preparing for one doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some basic actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones if needed. Make a Plan Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.). Teach children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency help. Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room. Find the safe spots in your home to “drop, cover and hold.” Show each family member how and when to turn […]
How to Prepare for an Earthquake?
Know where you are at all times and how to get out of the building. This is more important if you are in a strange place like a hotel in another city.
Select a safe place in your home for everyone to wait out the earthquake if needed
Practice earthquake drills with your family
Keep flashlights and sturdy shoes available.
Bolt gas appliances to walls (water heater, oven, dryers)…
Earthquake survival might seem like a more specialized type of preparedness. For example, those on the West Coast of the United States are more likely to know what to do to survive an earthquake than people in other parts of the US. But it’s a mistake to assume that since you don’t live in an area that’s prone to earthquakes, you are safe from this type of natural disaster and don’t need to do anything to prepare…
Do you have any earthquake survival tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!
Want to know more? Check out these related articles:
- Earthquake Preparedness Tips
- Earthquake Survival Tips: Think You’re Safe? Think Again
- Earthquake Safety Tips | How To Survive In An Earthquake
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 27, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.