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Philippines had been struck by earthquakes in the past, and some had been very devastating. After news of the Nepal earthquake had reached the country, many had been open minded that Philippines could suffer the same fate as we are also above various earthquake faults.

PHILVOLCS had recently made public copies of Valley Fault System Atlas to guide and warn people about the faults across Manila. The agency also says that it could move anytime and bring devastation in the country. People are encouraged to be prepared if such casualty rises.

What You Should know Before, During and After Earthquakes
Be prepared by making sure that you have a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra batteries, battery operated radio, whistle for each member of the household and a fire extinguisher. Make sure that everyone knows where these are located and these must be readily available. Also, put your import and documents where you can easily locate them.

Learn first aid and designate a role to each member of the family. Also, make a plan where you will meet each other in case an earthquake struck and you get separated. Learn how to turn off the water, electricity and gas. Don’t put heavy objects on the shelves. Put heavy furnitures near the walls. You should also know the earthquake plan of your building, school or office.

When the earthquake strikes, do not panic. Wait for the earthquake to cease before going outside if you are indoors. If your are indoors, anchor yourself with a wall in the middle of the building, you can stand in the doorway or get under a heavy furniture. Stay away from windows, mirrors that can be broken, and outside doors. Do not use elevators.

If you are outdoors. Stay away from anything that might fall on you like the power lines and buildings. Do not light a fire as you don’t know if there is any gas leak. If you are in a car, stop the care and wait for the earthquake to stop.

After the earthquake, check yourself for any injuries. Expect after shocks so move quickly, but do not panic. Check for any gas and water leak. Check the electricity lines. Turn on the radio and use phones only when necessary. Stay away from the debris and broken glasses. Wear boots or shoes. Follow the earthquake plans if you are in school or at work. Stay away from beaches and things that might fall.


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