For all you home owners and building contractors out there, the need for earthquake training is very real. Buildings constructed before the regulations were put in place have a greater risk of being destroyed when an earthquake occurs. If you are not required to do the training, you should consider doing so for your employees or yourself.
Even though some building codes are put in place to protect your personal homes, it still does not help if the home is located in an area prone to earthquakes. Knowing what to do during an earthquake will help save lives.
Know what is the most important thing to do during an earthquake. Do not panic, but take steps to protect your family and belongings. This may include keeping doors and windows locked and avoid stairwells. Other things to consider are knowing where the nearest emergency shelters are and knowing where you can get bottled water, food, and other supplies.
Know the symptoms that indicate a possible earthquake. Even though the shaking feels like a big earthquake, it may not be one unless it is felt along a fault line. After the shaking stops, look for cracks in the walls, ceilings, and floors of your house. You may also notice a disturbance in the earth’s surface that could indicate a crack is developing.
Take a flashlight and check your house to see if there is any damage. If you are not aware of the damages, then you may need to call a professional. It is recommended that you do this immediately. After the earthquake, carefully inspect your house and make note of any damaged or cracked items.
It is also a good idea to tell your tenants in your building about what to do in case an earthquake strikes. Many people live in construction companies and their lives depend on each other. If a disaster occurs, their lives could be in danger. So, if you don’t feel comfortable with the idea of your family being in the same building during an earthquake, then find another residence.
Earthquake training can be done at your local library or college. If you have experience in construction, a few courses can help give you the confidence you need to know what to do in case of an earthquake. The more you know the better prepared you will be, and even the smallest earthquake can cause many deaths.
Remember, it is best to be prepared for anything, including earthquakes. Keeping your family safe in case an earthquake happens is your responsibility.