What to Do when an Earthquake Occurs
1. First, make moves to ensure your safety (for example: crawling under a desk). Your life is most important.
2. As the shaking subsides, quickly turn off any heat sources. Let others also know by yelling to turn off the fire.
3. Ensure your exit by opening the door. Doors in concrete buildings can easily get stuck and may not open.
4. In event of a fire, call your neighbors by shouting ”Fire” and work cooperatively to put out the fire in its early stages.
5. When going outside – take action without panicking, watch out for any objects that may fall down or fall over.
6. Avoid streets that are narrow, near a cliff, river, or ocean. Brick walls, gates, vending machines can also easily fall over.
7. Be aware of landslides and tsunamis. If an earthquake occurs by the ocean or around the mountains, be quick to evacuate.
8. Move to your nearest evacuation site by foot. Do not ride your car.
9. Cooperate with people nearby to do what you can. Lend a hand to the elderly, disabled, and injured and help one another.
10. Get the latest information through radio, television, etc. Be aware of aftershocks and of rumors.
Other Recommended Actions to Take:
Safety Measures to take in the house –
1. Create a safe, spacious area inside the house.
2. Avoid placing furniture in bedrooms and in rooms with children and the elderly.
3. Secure furniture to prevent from falling.
4. Avoid placing objects in the doorway or hallway to secure a passage.
Create a time for the family to discuss measure to take in case of a disaster –
To prevent family members from panicking, discuss the following before a disaster hits:
1. Responsibilities for each family member in case of a disaster.
2. How to contact each other and an escape route.
Be aware of the following in case of a tsunami –
When the following occurs, move away from the shore as quickly as possible and move to a higher and safer location.
1. A strong earthquake, an earthquake for a long period
2. When a tsunami warning is launched
*Do not go near the coast, even if it is just a tsunami alert.
Obtain accurate tsunami information through television and radio.