Do you know what to do when the ground begins to shake? Here’s a quick primer:
If you’re indoors, drop, cover, and hold on:
- Drop to the floor.
- Take cover under a desk, table or other sturdy furniture that’s positioned away from windows, fireplaces, wood stoves, and heavy furniture or appliances that may fall during the shaking.
- Hold onto your “cover” furniture and be prepared to move with it; remain here until the shaking stops.
If you’re outside:
- Go to an open area where you’re out of the way of falling debris; remain here until the shaking stops.
- If driving, pull to the side of the road and remain stopped until the quake is over.
Once the shaking stops:
- Shut off gas, water and electricity if lines are damaged.
- Assume all downed power lines are live and steer clear.
- Tune in to the radio or TV for instructions from emergency providers.
- Use phones only for life-threatening emergencies.
- Expect and be ready for aftershocks.
Do you have an emergency plan for your pets?
Your home is not only a safe haven for your family, but also for your pets. When disaster strikes, people often have no other option than to leave their homes. Depending on the severity of the disaster, you may be away from your home for a few hours or a few months. So what happens to the furry, four-legged members of your family? Here are some tips to help you prepare.
- Take time now to identify potential shelter sites or other safe havens where your pet could be housed temporarily. Many emergency shelters do not allow pets.
- Make sure your pet wears a tag with up-to-date information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, owner contact information, and any urgent medical conditions. Other ID items include license and vaccination tags, or microchip IDs.
- Prepare a pet evacuation kit containing a pet carrier, collar, leash, harness, bedding, food/water dishes, medications, toys, pet first aid kit, and at least a three-day supply of food and water.
- It’s always preferable to take your pet with you in an emergency, but if you must leave your pet behind:
- Put him in a secure area in your home.
- Leave him at least 10 days of dry food and several water dishes.
- Place signs on doors and windows describing the type and number of pets inside and providing owner contact information.
- Be prepared to describe your pet; having a photo of your pet can be especially helpful in reuniting pets and their owners.
Would you know what to do if our area were exposed to volcanic ash?
In our community, the most likely outcome of a nearby volcanic eruption would be falling ash. Ash is made up of small, sharp pieces of rock and glass. It is hard, abrasive, mildly corrosive, conducts electricity when wet, and does not dissolve in water.
- If you have a respiratory ailment, avoid contact with any amount of ash.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Use goggles and/or wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses.
- Use a dust mask or hold a damp cloth over your face to help with breathing.
- Stay away from areas downwind from the volcano to avoid volcanic ash.
- Tune in to the radio or TV for the latest emergency information. Be aware that in extreme cases, falling ash can disrupt communications.
- Close doors, windows, and exterior openings like chimney vents.
- Stay indoors until the ash has settled unless there is a danger of roof collapse. (Two-and-one-half-inches of ash can collapse a roof.)
- Turn off and cover (if possible) ventilation devices like furnaces, air conditioners, and fans.
- Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Driving can stir up ash that can clog, damage and stall engines. If you must drive, keep your speed below 35 mph.
- Remember to help your neighbors, especially those who may require special assistance—infants, the elderly and people with disabilities.