Some advice and information about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
Before an earthquake
Develop a household emergency plan and prepare emergency items so that you can cope with being on your own for up to 3 days.
♦ Check if you are in the tsunami evacuation zone
♦ Find out what arrangements your school has for keeping your children safe.
♦ Identify safe places within your home, school or workplace. A safe place is:
- under a strong table, remember to hold onto the legs
- an interior wall that has nothing on it that can fall off
- The best solution is to make your home/workspace safe so you don't have to do anything but sit where you are
♦ Check your household insurance policy for cover and amount.
♦ Seek qualified advice to make sure your house is secured to its foundations. Make sure that any renovations comply with the building code.
♦ Secure heavy items of furniture to the floor or wall.
During an earthquake
- If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps - drop, cover and hold.
- If you are outside, move no more than a few steps, then - drop, cover and hold.
- If you are driving, pull over and stop. Stay in your vehicle until the shaking stops.
- If you are at the beach or near the coast, and the earthquake is very strong or lasts over a minute, drop, cover and hold. Then move to higher ground or further inland immediately in case a tsunami follows the quake.
After an earthquake
- You should expect to feel aftershocks.
- Help those around you if you can.
- If you are in a damaged building, try to get outside and find a safe, open place.
- Do not go sightseeing to look at the damage the earthquake has caused.
- If you smell gas, try and turn off the gas main outside the building, if it is safe to do so.
- If you see sparks, broken wires or evidence of electrical system damage, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box if it is safe to do so.
- If your property is damaged, take notes and photographs for insurance purposes.
- Listen to the radio for information and advice.