With the recent SoCal earthquakes, it’s important to be ready in case of an emergency. We’ve all heard about the “big one” that’s coming, so what are you supposed to do if/when it happens? Carson talked to Capt. Steve Ruda of the LAFD this morning on AMP and he had some tips.
Where is the safest place in your home?
During an earthquake, stay away from heavy furniture and appliances. Usually, a hallway is one of the safest places if it’s not crowded. Kitchens and garages tend to be the most dangerous.
What are the most important items to have in my emergency kit?
A pair of shoes, flashlight, gloves, dust mask, some type of clothing (sweatpants/sweatshirt) in case you’re caught in an emergency in the middle of the night.
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE: A quick checklist
- Be prepared for aftershocks, and plan where you will take cover when they occur.
- Check for injuries. Give first aid as necessary.
- Remain calm and reassure others.
- Avoid broken glass.
- Check for fire. Take appropriate actions and precautions.
- Check gas, water and electric lines. If damaged, shut off service. If gas is leaking, don’t use matches, flashlights, appliances or electric switches. Open windows, leave building and report to gas company.
- Replace all telephone receivers and use for emergency calls only.
- Tune to the emergency broadcast station on radio or television. Listen for emergency bulletins.
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
You can find more helpful info at these websites:
Los Angeles Fire Department – www.lafd.org
Emergency Preparedness packet –