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American Medical Response Offers Earthquake Safety Tips



Everyone should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Learn three simple steps that will help you stay safe. 

Millions of Americans live in or near earthquake zones. While scientists have significantly improved the ability to identify the warning signs in advance of most natural disasters, earthquakes continue to be an unpredictable force of nature and it is important for people to know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

“Everyone should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake,” says David Lynde, Operations Manager for American Medical Response Yakima. “Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or your family travel. When you feel an earthquake, you need to drop, cover and hold on.”

Here are three simple steps to remember that increase the chances of survival if you are indoors when an earthquake hits:
  • Drop – Drop down to your hands and knees. This position will protect you from falling and still allow you to move to safety.
  • Cover – Find a sturdy desk or table to crawl under until the shaking stops. If there is no desk or table, get down next to an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.
  • Hold On – Hold on to your shelter as it may move with the shaking, be prepared to move with it if needed. Do this until the shaking stops.
By following these steps, you will greatly reduce the risk of injury. Most buildings don’t collapse in an earthquake but if the structure does collapse, a sturdy desk or table will help create a space in the rubble where rescue crews can find you.

 A 72-hour kit that includes a three-day supply of water is an essential item for emergency preparation. It is also important to have an established meeting place outside of the home in case you are separated from your family.

AMR is committed to the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves. AMR caregivers promote safety and preparedness to help save lives and prevent both injury and disability. For more information on earthquake safety, please visit earthquakecountry.info.

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