Below we publish The New Zealand Government preparedness measures for earthquakes.
To be earthquake prepared, people should read these measures again and again. They can save your life.
These preparedness measures also apply for the entire world.
There is no difference in between an earthquake in New Zealand, Japan, Chile, Spain, Serbia or Russia.
You can take some simple steps to reduce the danger to yourself, your family, and property when earthquakes occur.
1. Before an earthquake
¢ Identify safe places very close to you at home, school or workplace, such as under a sturdy table, or next to an interior wall.
¢ Develop a Household Emergency Plan and have emergency survival items so that you can cope on your own for at least three days
¢ Protect property - secure objects and your homes and keep insurance up to date
2. During an earthquake
¢ Move no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover, and hold on.
Do not attempt to run outside (unless you are living in an old concrete structure **)
$ If outside, move no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover, and hold. Stay away as far as possible from building wall (falling objects are one of the major reasons people get killed or severely injured)
$ If in a lift, stop at the nearest floor and get out
$ If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops
$ Walk to an outside safe place when the shaking has stopped. Stay there
3. After an earthquake
$ Expect aftershocks and help those around you if you can
$ Report injuries or fires to the emergency services.
$ Put out small fires. Evacuate the building if the fires cannot be controlled.
$ Listen to the radio for advice and information.
$ If your property is damaged, take notes or photos for the loss adjustor.
$ Do not go sightseeing and stay out of damaged buildings
** unless you are living in an old concrete structure
Kit Miyamoto, CEO of Miyamoto International, who is currently in Mexico City working on collapsed sites, says that, “Old concrete structures are one of the most dangerous building types on earth. Their inadequate reinforcing details make the concrete very brittle under seismic motion. All damaged buildings we saw [in Mexico City after the Puebla earthquake] were this type. You know how we teach people in California to duck under a desk during an earthquake? If I’m in a nonductile concrete structure, I will run outside as fast as I can. Hundreds were saved here in Mexico City by running out of nonductile concrete structures. That’s how Mexicans are trained. That’s what I would do in these buildings. No question about it.” (Credit Temblor.net)
Very important Shake Out earthquake preparedness Videos.
Please watch them. Knowing what to do can save your life.
VIDEO 1 - What to do when an earthquake strikes When You're in Bed
VIDEO 2 - What to do when an earthquake strikes If You're Near a Sturdy Desk or Table
VIDEO 3 - What to do when an earthquake strikes If There's NO Sturdy Desk or Table
VIDEO 4 - What to do when an earthquake strikes If You're Near the Shore
VIDEO 5 - What to do when an earthquake strikes If You're in a Stadium or Theater
VIDEO 6 - What to do when an earthquake strikes When You're Driving
VIDEO 7 - Mega-thrust tsunamis - Understand the mechanism and EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND