Napa earthquake a reminder to be prepared

Aug 25, 2014 4:19 PM by News Staff

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa County and the Bay Area is a strong reminder that we should all be ready when a big one hits.

Here are some tips from the Red Cross about what to do before, during and after an earthquake:

If someone is in inside when the shaking starts:

• They should drop to the ground, take cover and hold on. Move as little as possible. Try to protect the head and torso. If sitting at a desk or table, get under it and hold on to it until the shaking stops. Otherwise, drop wherever they are.
• If someone is in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect the head with a pillow.
• Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit.
• Use stairs to exit the building rather than an elevator.
• Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire.

If someone is outside when the shaking starts:

• Move as little as possible. Find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights and drop to the ground until the shaking stops.
• If in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with the seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops.
• If a power line falls on the vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
• If in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.

For more information on what do during and after a quake, visit the Red Cross earthquake preparedness website.

(Photo Courtesy: NBC Bay Area)


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