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  • At any second of any day a major Earthquake can strike in California. The experts say it is not a question of if, but when.

  • We must all be prepared for the inevitable destructive Earthquake.

  • California is no stranger to large earthquakes.

  • In 1906, the Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred, one of the most significant earthquakes of all time.

  • In more recent times, California has experienced significant quakes with both the Loma Prieta and Northridge Earthquakes.

  • Scientists do not yet have the information needed to predict earthquakes and no region within the state is immune

  • from the potential for major earthquake damage.

  • When you feel the first ground motions you must immediately: Drop to the floor.....take cover under a desk or table....

  • if you are not near a desk or table, drop to the floor against an interior wall. Resist the urge to panic.

  • Stay put and do not move from under the shelter.

  • Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location

  • inside the building or try to leave it. So, do not run outside where you could be vulnerable to the danger of falling debris.

  • Stay away from windows, bookcases, cabinets or other objects that could topple and fall.

  • Hold on until the shaking stops. The reason to hold onto the desk or table is if it moves, you move with it.

  • At a desk or table located near a window, get underneath it and pull your chair in as close as you can

  • to shield yourself from possible breaking glass.

  • Again, resist the urge to panic and flee. Remain calm even though you may witness the loss of electricity,

  • the sound of various alarms and activation of the fire sprinkler system.

  • Do not be surprised by the noise from broken glass, creaking walls or falling objects.

  • The main thing to remember is to remain calm and resist fleeing. If you are inside stay inside.

  • If you are outside stay there, resist the urge of running towards a building, instead find a safe location and drop, cover and hold.

  • Try and move to an open area away from overhead power lines, building facades, architectural embellishments or windows.

  • If you are confined to a wheelchair, lock your wheels, lean forward and cover your neck with your hands and arms.

  • If you are in a stairwell, drop and cover next to an interior wall.

  • Remain there until the tremor stops and follow directions that are announced over the public address system.

  • In the restroom, remain there and cover your head with your arms to protect yourself from falling objects.

  • If you are driving, gradually decrease speed, pull over to the side of the road and stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.

  • Do not stop under overpasses or bridges.

  • Turn on the radio and listen for advisories and keep in mind aftershocks follow the initial quake.

  • Do not begin to drive until the local authorities have deemed it is safe to do so.

  • radio voice: .."the city has just been hit by an earthquake!"

At any second of any day a major Earthquake can strike in California. The experts say it is not a question of if, but when.

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Drop, Cover & Hold Earthquake Preparedness Training (English) Part 1

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    color cloud   posted on 2014/05/29
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