16 July, 2010

Earthquake Preparation Information

At this time, there have not been any aftershocks to this morning’s 3.6 magnitude earthquake reported yet. However, in light of the fact that aftershocks remain a possibility, DC HSEMA wishes to remind citizens of the following protective actions that should be taken if another earthquake is felt:

During an earthquake if you are:

• Indoors:
o Take cover under a desk, table, or bench. If none is available, use an inside wall or doorway.
o Stay away from windows, outside doors, walls, and anything that could shatter or fall on you.
o If you’re sleeping, stay in bed and cover your head with a pillow. If your bed is under a heavy light fixture or you have a large mirror or painting over your headboard, move to the nearest safe place.
o Stay inside until the shaking stops. Most injuries during an earthquake occur when people enter or exit a structure.

• Outdoors:
o Stay there and move away from buildings, streetlights, and overhead utility wires.

• In a Motor Vehicle:
o Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
o Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped, watching for road and bridge damage.

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