Thursday, September 29, 2016

Earthquake Safety Tips and Preperation

Before and earthquake or other emergency situation occurs, be prepared by asking yourself a few questions.

             How can I be prepared if I need to evacuate my home?
             Where will I go?
             What will I need when I get there?

             How can I contact family and friends to keep them informed?

A few of these questions can be answered by downloading Korea’s new free Emergency Ready App: Click

I think one of the first steps is to prepare the items you will need in the event an evacuation is needed.  Some items you may need to have ready are: 
- Clothes (dependent on the current weather)
- A few liters of water
- Small flashlight with spare batteries
- Food or snacks for at least 48 hours
- Any prescription medication you are taking
- Last but not least, identification such as photo copies of your ARC and passport. 

One final consideration should be cash.  In the event the electricity is out and may take several days to restore, you may need cash for transactions as credit cards and debit cards may not be an option.

Using the Emergency Ready App, you may be able to quickly locate an emergency shelter.  I strongly advise you to locate these buildings before you need them.  One big issue will be if cell service is interrupted or there is no electricity, you may not be able to use a smart phone or computer.  BE PREPARED!
During the Earthquake:
  • If you are inside, stay there. Safely and quickly move to a safe location in the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall. The goal is to protect yourself from falling objects and be located near the structural strong points of the room. Avoid taking cover near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture, heavy appliances or fireplaces.
  • If you are cooking, turn off the stove and gas safety valve and take cover.
  • If you are outdoors, move to an open area where falling objects are unlikely to strike you. Move away from buildings, power lines, large signs and trees.
  • If you are driving, slow down and stop on the side of the road. Avoid stopping on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs. Stay in your car.
After the Earthquake:
  • Check for injuries, attend to injuries if needed, help ensure the safety of people around you.
  • Check for damage. If your building is badly damaged you should leave it until it has been inspected by a safety professional.
  • If you smell or hear a gas leak, get everyone outside and open windows and doors. If you can do it safely, turn off the gas at the meter. Report the leak to the gas company and fire department. Do not use any electrical appliances because a tiny spark could ignite the gas.
  • If the power is out, unplug major appliances to prevent possible damage when the power is turned back on. If you see sparks, frayed wires, or smell hot insulation turn off electricity at the main fuse box or breaker. If you will have to step in water to turn off the electricity you should call a professional to turn it off for you.

Checking in with family and friends is important.  There are several ways this can be accomplished.  The easiest may be social media. It may also be the difficult if electricity is out or cell/internet service is down.  The best thing to do is stay safe and stay calm. It may take some time but service will be restored as soon as is possible.  One social media service has gone a bit further and made it easier than sending several messages.  Just check in with facebook  during emergencies.  This is by no means the only way to inform family or friends of your situation,  it is just one option.

1 comment:

  1. You always give us good tips. Helpful. Thanks :)