Youth raise awareness about Earthquake Safety

Red Cross Youth Tanahun raised awareness about earthquake safety for a national marking. Nepal being an earthquake prone country, earthquake awareness and having the knowing of what to do before, during and after is important for both young and old.

Nearly 800 0000 homes were destroyed by the earthquake that shook up Nepal on 25th April 2015. 9000 people were killed in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and its 7.3 magnitude aftershook.

Red Cross Youth Tanahun walks the streets of Damauli to raise awareness about Earthquake Safety. Photo by Kathrine Olsen Flaate. 

Tanahun Red Cross and other community organisations raised awareness about earthquake safety earlier this week. Safe and steady housing was one of the prevention measures lifted up. Rather than going into nitty gritty of construction of safe buildings, here are a few tips for what to do before, during and after an earthquake shakes up the ground.

Be prepared
- Make a Grab Bag

In the bag that is readily available when the ground rattles you items for 72 hours survival must be packed well in advance. Pack it now, because you never know when an earthquake might happen. An example of packinglist: The essentials; ready to eat food, water purifier, 1-2 bottles of water, one pair of clothing, flashlight, medicines if you take any, first aid kit, pocketknife, copy of your most important documents and some money. The grab bag should be max 10 kg.

- Drop, cover and hold on
Learn and practice the drop, cover and hold on actions to be taken if an earthquake happens. Participate in earthquake simulation to be prepared.

During the shaking
- Drop, cover and hold on

If you are inside a building when an earthquake happens then stay calm and stand under a door and building pillars. Drop, cover and hold on to something. Make sure you protect your head. Do not stand nearby heavy furniture that can fall on you. If you are on the ground floor and nearby to the exit, then leave the building for an open space. Stay away from electric grids and tree

After an Earthquake
- Make sure you and others are not injured and seek open space
Check to see if you are ok, then check others nearby for any injuries and make sure they are ok. Then try to go to an open ground space outside. Stay outside in the open space. Contact family, friends and loved ones to see if they are ok and to inform them of your status. If you know first aid, then you can assist others by doing first aid if needed.