The earthquake in Nepal had far-reaching effects on its adjoining areas in India. The tremors of the earthquake were felt in Delhi, followed by Uttarakhand in the early hours today.
As the news of the earthquake is all over the news, here are 5 safety protocols you must follow during an earthquake.
1. Keep Your Valuables Handy
In this context, ‘valuables’ doesn’t refer to expensive jewellery you may have kept in your wardrobe. There are many more things that are far more valuable to you than that. Get your wallet, phone, insurance papers, educational certificates, family documents (if any), canned foods and get them ready the moment you hear an earthquake alert. Keep your bag handy.
2. If You’re Indoors
Hopefully, you’ve been taken through enough emergency drill sessions for you to know what to do should such a situation arise. Now is the time to stay calm and recollect the steps that you got acquainted with during those drills, so you can put your knowledge to good use.
In case you’re indoors when the earthquake happens, stay put where you are rather than make a beeline to reach downstairs. Don’t light candles or matches. Use your phone flashlight instead.
If you’re at the staircase when the earthquake arises, you can expect a mad rush around you with everyone trying to get themselves and their loved ones to safety. Try sticking to the side of the wall or on the side of the railings, so you have something to hold on to or support. Try to keep your cool as much as possible and stay where you are to minimise the chances of a stampede.
3. If You’re Outdoors
Stay clear of standing below the residential complexes around, trees, and shelters. For that matter, make sure you’re standing under the sky and there’s no scope of anything heavy falling on you as the result of an earthquake. If you’re in a car when you feel the tremor of the earthquake, stay inside till it passes.
4. Keep Yourself Updated On Real-Time News
Keep your phone with you and keep a tab on news updates frequently. Most importantly, keep in touch with your community for local news regarding the next steps of action and other relevant information.
5. Stay Calm
Not enough can be said about keeping your cool during an emergency like this. It’s important to stay alert and think on your feet so that you don’t act in haste and raise the chances of making a wrong move.
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