What to do in an earthquake – an important lesson for our beneficiaries.
Proper preparation and knowledge can go a long way to reducing the impact of disasters. Figures show that every $1 invested in preparation can save up to $7 in repairs and recovery, not to mention countless lives. And that’s an important factor given that much of the time, the people who are hit hardest are those least able to recover from it. It is therefore, important that we help our beneficiaries to prepare, to reduce the impact of disasters when they occur.
This week, they had a lesson from Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, of Lemery – “What to do in an earthquake”. They all took part in several drills so that all the family members know what to do.
DUCK or drop down to the floor.
Take COVER under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture. If that is not possible, seek COVER against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, or tall furniture.
If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it. HOLD the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.
When you feel an earthquake. DUCK under a desk or sturdy table. Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, heavy mirrors, hanging plants, and other heavy objects that could fall. Watch out for falling plaster or ceiling tiles. Stay under COVER until the shaking stops. HOLD onto the desk or table, if it moves, move with it.