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What do I do after an earthquake?

Updated: Aug 23, 2011 02:19 PM EDT
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Provided by Earthquake.usgs.gov

After an earthquake, the United States Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program recommends the following actions:

1) WEAR STURDY SHOES to avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Expect aftershocks

2) CHECK FOR INJURIES (if a person is bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound, use clean gauze or cloth if available; If a person is not breathing administer CPR; DO NOT attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in further danger of injury; COVER injured persons with blankets to keep warm; SEEK medical help for serious injuries

3) CHECK FOR HAZARDS (Fire hazards -- put out fires in your home or neighborhood immediately, call for help; Gas leaks -- shut off main gas valve ONLY if you suspect a leak because of broken pipes or odor; Damaged electrical wiring -- Shut off power at the control box if there is any danger to house wiring; Downed or damaged utility lines -- do not touch downed power lines or any objects in contact with them;

SPILLS -- clean up any spilled medicines, drugs, or other harmful materials such as bleach, lye, gas;

DOWNED OR DAMAGED CHIMNEYS -- Approach with caution -- don't use damaged chimney (it could start fire or let poisonous gases into your house;

FALLEN ITEMS -- beware of items tumbling off shelves when you open doors of closets and cupboards;

CHECK FOOD AND WATER SUPPLIES -- Do not eat or drink anything from open containers near shattered glass; If power is off, plan meals to use up foods that will spoil quickly or frozen foods (food in the freezer should be good for at least a couple of days; Don't light your kitchen stove if you suspect a gas leak;

USE BBQ or camp stoves, outdoors only for emergency cooking; If your water is off you can drink supplies from water heaters, melted ice cubes or canned vegetables (AVOID drinking water from swimming pools or especially spas -- it may have too many chemicals in it to be safe.)

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