- DO NOT WALK THROUGH FLOWING WATER---Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off your feet. And use a pole or stick to make sure that the ground is still there while walking through a flooded area, even where the water is not flowing.
- DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED AREA---More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
Don't drive around road barriers. They are there for a reason. The road or bridge may be
- DROP, COVER & HOLD Stay away from windows, bookcases, bookshelves, heavy mirrors, hanging plants, fans and other heavy objects. Stay under 'cover' till the shaking stops.
- After tremors subside exit your home or school building and move to open fields.
- Do not push others.
After The Tremors Subside
- Check for injuries & first treat yourself. Then help others.
- Remain calm and self assured and help others who are distressed.
- Check for fire. Call the Fire Service (101) or Police control Room (100).
If you are outdoors
- Move to an open area, away from trees, sign boards, building, electric wires and poles.
If you are in High Rise Building
- Move away from exterior wall immediately and protect your head. If you have a helmet wear it.
- Do not use the lift. Stay away from the windows.
If you are in a STADIUM, THEATER or AUDITORIUM
- Stay inside. Do not rush out towards the exit. Stay in your seat and cover your head with our arms and stay calm till the shaking is over. Then move out in an orderly manner.
- Let younger children, elderly, and disabled people leave first.
- DO NOT PANIC.
If you are Driving
- Move to side of the road and stop.
- Move away from flyovers, power lines and advertisement boards, jump out of the car and crouch on its side.
- Do not sit inside the car.
- Develop an ESCAPE PLAN for your home & ensure that everyone in your family knows all the escape routes.
- PRACTICE moving through escape routes with closed eyes & keep your escape routes clear.
- Keep storage & working areas free from trash. Place oily rags in covered containers.
- Stock up on emergency supplies. These include: battery operated radio (and extra batteries), flashlights (and extra batteries), first aid kit, bottled water, two weeks food and medical supplies, blankets, cooking fuel, tools needed to turn off your gas, water and electric utilities.
- Arrange your home for safety: Store heavy objects on lower shelves and store breakable objects in cabinents with latched doors. Don't hang heavy mirrors or pictures above where people frequently sit or sleep.