What should you do during an earthquake?
Drop down on your hands and knees and cover your head and neck with your arms. Move to an interior room away from windows and outside walls. Stay away from glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances.
Safety During an Earthquake
Drop, Cover and Hold On: This concept is used to protect oneself during an earthquake. It involves finding a safe place (under a sturdy table or desk for example), dropping down to the ground, covering your head and neck with your arms and holding onto the furniture. Earthquake Safety Zone: This is a designated area in which people can stand during an earthquake to minimize the chances of injury. It is typically located in a corner of the room, away from windows and furniture. Stay Put: This is the idea that people should stay in the same place during an earthquake and not try to run or move outside. This is to protect people from falling debris or other dangers.
During an earthquake, it is safest to stand in a doorway or against an interior wall, as this will provide the most protection from falling objects or debris. During an earthquake, crouch down and cover your head with your arms to protect yourself from falling objects. In some areas, earthquakes can cause the ground to move up and down like a wave, and this is called a seismic sea wave or a tsunami.
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Work together in pairs: What is the most important safety measure to take during an earthquake?
What are some safety measures that you can take during an earthquake to protect yourself and others around you?
Work together in pairs: What are three things you should do during an earthquake to keep yourself safe?
Brain break: Draw a funny letter or number - eg. "A" with hats like a cowboy or a fancy top hat rookie style.
What is the first thing you should do when you feel an earthquake?
- Drop, cover and hold on
- Run outside immediately
- Try to find a safe place
Which of the following is not a recommended safety measure during an earthquake?
- Use elevators to evacuate the building
- Stay away from windows and glass doors
- Take cover under sturdy furniture
What should you do if you are in bed during an earthquake?
- Stay in bed and protect your head with a pillow.
- Get under the bed and hold on.
- Get out of bed and try to evacuate.
In case of emergency, what phone number should be dialed?
Which room is considered safest during an earthquake in multi-story buildings?
- A ground floor room with no windows or glass doors.
- A room at the top floor near staircases or elevators.
- An open space like a garden or playground.