Religious : : Thoughts from Our Rabbi
Earthquake Preparedness Tips:
What Do We Do If We Are Indoors?
• DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or another piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
• Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors & walls, anything that could fall, such as light fixtures or furniture.
What If We Are Asleep At Night?
• Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow.
• Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
What If We Are Outdoors
• Stay there.
• Move away from buildings, streetlights, & utility wires.
• Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
What If We Are Driving?
• Pull over to the side of the road and stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. (Note: An earthquake while you’re driving feels like there’s something wrong with your car. Don’t stop in the middle of the freeway if traffic is still moving around you. Slow down and put on your turn signal to get to the side of the road. If everyone else is doing the same thing, it was most likely an earthquake.)
• Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.
What Can We Expect After an Earthquake?
• Be prepared for aftershocks. They may come immediately, or hours or days later, and can be weaker or stronger than the original quake.
• Check for gas leaks or exposed wires and turn off gas or fuse box if necessary. Don’t light any candles unless you’ve ruled out gas leaks.
• Get dressed and put on sturdy shoes before you start cleaning up or go outside.
Things to Pack That Can Help You Survive
• Food water and supplies for up to 3 days or more
• Medication, eyeglasses, some cash
• Hand-crank radio or battery-operated radio & batteries
• A small flashlight in case the power goes out.
• Travel snacks like granola bars, beef jerky and trail mix in case you’re stuck in one place for a while.
• Water for 3 days at least
Team Up With Your Neighbors BEFORE a quake strikes!
B’vrachot, blessings, Rabbi Dennis