What to do Before, During and After and earthquake (Joash Chan Wye Kin)

Here is what you should do before, during and after an earthquake to keep yourself safe.


  • Store fire extinguisher, battery powered radio, First Aid Kit, flashlight and batteries at home.
  • Make and escape plan and get familiar with it.
  • Keep heavy objects as low as possible so it doesn’t fall during earthquake.


  • Keep calm.
  • If you’re indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  • If you’re outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you).
  • If you are driving during the earthquake, immediately stop the car and stay inside the car.
  • Do not use the elevator, use the stairs.
  • Immediately switch off your gas stove in your kitchen.


  • Check yourself and others for injuries. Provide first aid for anyone who needs it.
  • If you smell it, open all the windows and doors, leave immediately, and report it to the authorities.
  • Turn on the radio and listen to the latest news.
  • Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
  • Follow the instructions of the authorities.

Sources: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/UPSeis/bda.html


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