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'Get down, find cover, stay still' in earthquake: experts

2018/02/08 19:39:00

CNA file photo; photo courtesy of Taichung city government

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) During an earthquake the most important thing to do is protect one's head, the National Fire Agency (NFA) advised, adding that everyone should remember to "get down, find cover and stay still."

Yang Yen-he (楊豔禾), section chief of NFA's Disaster Management Division, said ideal places to take shelter include under beds and tables.

If one is in bed and there is no time for taking cover when a temblor occurs, blankets or pillows can also be used, Yang said.

Do not try to check the ceiling or lights, because things could fall from above, Yang said, adding that it is also important to find a pair of shoes so you are ready to flee the building if necessary.

The Central Weather Bureau also offered some tips:

Preparation for an earthquake should involve learning how to turn the gas, water and electricity on and off, securing hanging objects, ensuring cabinets are properly locked and not placing heavy objects on high shelves.

One should also secure heavy furniture, have a place to take shelter in advance and ensure fire equipment is maintained and fully operational.

During an earthquake, keep calm, where possible turn off gas, water and electricity and protect oneself from falling objects. If outdoors, keep away from cliffs, riverbanks and coastal areas, do not try to rush out of a building and do not use elevators.

After an earthquake, check if people near you are hurt and in need of assistance, listen to the radio for emergency instructions and disaster reports. It is also important to wear shoes or other footwear to avoid being injured by broken glass or other sharp objects; check the structural integrity of your location and leave immediately if there is damage.

When evacuating, take the stairs and stay away from coastal areas in case there is a tsunami. Be prepared for aftershocks.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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