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What not to do when an earthquake occurs?

Understanding both what to do and what not to do when an earthquake occurs is crucial for comprehensive earthquake preparedness. Here's a combined guide:

What to Do:

  1. Early Warning and Evacuation:
    • Act promptly on earthquake alerts provided by systems like Earling. Evacuate to safer locations, especially if you're in high-risk zones during high-risk seismic time-windows which can last up to a few days.
  2. Infrastructure Preparedness:
    • Authorities and businesses should initiate proactive measures based on seismic risk changes. This includes inspecting and reinforcing critical infrastructure to minimize damage.
  3. Emergency Services Activation:
    • Emergency services can prepare for an increased workload. Hospitals can ready themselves, and rescue teams can be strategically positioned for swift response.
  4. Public Awareness and Education:
    • Stay informed about earthquake risks. Follow public guidelines for securing your space, preparing emergency kits, and having a family emergency plan.
  5. Business Continuity Planning:
    • Businesses should activate continuity plans, including data backup and facility securing, for a faster recovery post-earthquake.
  6. Community Engagement:
    • Engage with your community in earthquake preparedness activities. Participate in drills and collaborate on initiatives to enhance overall resilience.

What Not to Do:

  1. Panicking:
    • Avoid panic; stay calm and focused on your preparedness plan.
  2. Ignoring Alerts:
    • Don't ignore earthquake alerts. Take them seriously and act accordingly.
  3. Underestimating Risks:
    • Don't underestimate the risks. Even in low-risk areas, preparedness is vital.
  4. Neglecting Infrastructure Safety:
    • Avoid neglecting the safety of your surroundings. Ensure that buildings and furniture are earthquake-resistant.
  5. Delaying Emergency Services:
    • Don't delay calling emergency services if needed. Swift action is crucial.
  6. Disregarding Community Efforts:
    • Avoid disregarding community efforts. Active engagement enhances overall resilience.

By combining these aspects, individuals and communities can be better equipped to handle earthquakes, from early warnings to effective responses and community-wide resilience.