Earthquake Preparations

How to prepare yourself and others during an earthquake

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Earthquake Preparations

Earthquake photo from website and photographer  Tatan Syuflana/AP/REX/Shutterstock https://bgr.com/2019/04/18/california-earthquake-study-frequency/

Earthquake photo from website and photographer Tatan Syuflana/AP/REX/Shutterstock https://bgr.com/2019/04/18/california-earthquake-study-frequency/

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Earthquake photo from website and photographer Tatan Syuflana/AP/REX/Shutterstock https://bgr.com/2019/04/18/california-earthquake-study-frequency/

Image taken from Tatan Syuflana/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Image taken from Tatan Syuflana/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Earthquake photo from website and photographer Tatan Syuflana/AP/REX/Shutterstock https://bgr.com/2019/04/18/california-earthquake-study-frequency/

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An earthquake is when the earth feels like it is slowly shifting and every person who is in a certain area close to fault lines can feel the ground begin to shake and rumble as if there were waves rippling over the earth. These big earthquakes, also known as big shakes, can cause damages, landslides, or even fires for those who are able to experience the natural disaster. They are common in states like California, Washington, and other areas in the United States. On July 4, 2019 everyone either got woken up by the earthquake or was experiencing earthquakes not knowing what to do. Citizens were even more terrified because the following day another earthquake took place that evening, which is more commonly known as an aftershock. Aftershocks take place after an earthquake and it is possible for there to be multiple aftershocks. A lot of citizens are not fully prepared or aware of what to do during an earthquake, especially people with disabilities. People with disabilities struggle more because they are unable to do things and need assistance. 

“The most important thing is to stay calm and rely on parents, teachers, school staff if your at school, or anyone that is around to help you during an earthquake. It can be very scary,” OHHS officer Clay Lacy comments on earthquakes with what he is knowledgeable of. 

Especially now, since there are recent earthquakes with their magnitude being around 2.7. some of us may not feel them, but that does not mean they are not happening as we speak. We should all be prepared to expect a bigger earthquake in the future, as it is suspected to come. Here are some tips on what to do during an earthquake: do not go outside and if you are outside stay away from any buildings or surroundings that can harm you, then you should drop, cover, and hold on. Protect your head, neck, and any other body parts. Citizens with disabilities should seek assistance and still drop, cover, and hold on. 

“You need to be mentally prepared right off the bat, you need to know what to do during an earthquake. Such as hiding under a steering table, protecting the head and face. Stay away from glass or breakable objects, if you are outside stay away from power lines, gas lines, and buildings that can harm you,” OHHS officer Clay Lacy is now giving some tips on what to do when there is an earthquake. 

Earthquakes can happen any second of our lives so we must be mentally and physically prepared. You should have a first aid kit, supply kit, food, and water. Even have technology charge and extra batteries just in case. For students at schools, they should be expected to listen to their teachers and staff and maintain calm. Students should also be prepared to protect themselves by dropping, covering, and holding on. 

“I feel like we should do more earthquake drills at school and prepare for the worst. We should watch videos on earthquakes that have happened in other places to get more education,” OHHS junior, Calista Chavez talks about what other students should do to prepare themselves for an earthquake.

Earthquakes can be very deadly and worst of all can happen any day. You can be at school, at the park, at home, or at any other place. The most important thing is to be aware and to act fast when needed. Being prepared for the worst will make you the readiest in this situation and it will keep you safe. 

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