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29 March 2011

Volvo's safety campaign raise awareness on Earthquakes

  
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Situated along the ring of fire, the Philippines is a country prone to strong earthquakes. And after the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan left its nation crippled with thousands dead and millions homeless, it is important that our country also prepare in case a natural disaster of that scale would ever come our way. Viking Cars Inc., the Philippine distributor of Volvo cars, always keeps safety as their top priority, not only for their passengers but for the community as well. Thus, to raise awareness on earthquakes, they have listed down tips to help us prepare for such natural disasters.
 
 
Be alert from all falling objects. Most of the casualties and injuries occur due to falling objects.

Drop to the ground and take cover. Protect your head and face from falling debris until the ground stops shaking. When the shaking stops, gather your family members and evacuate quickly.

Don't use elevators during and after an earthquake. Or if you are in an elevator during an earthquake, press all the buttons and exit at the next stop. 

Don't turn on the lights and/or use gas. After an earthquake, any establishment can catch fire through gas leaks or short circuits.

Don't go into damaged areas. Debris can cause you harm. Wait for rescue workers to reach your area for assistance.

Get out of your car. Slow down and drive to clear place. Remaining in the car is not safe as roads can break or buildings can collapse. Get out and look for an open space.

Move to higher ground. If you live near the sea side, move immediately to higher ground as earthquakes can trigger tsunamis. Tsunamis don't occur just once, but twice or thrice in a row, so take special care.

Don't panic when underground. Underground locations are safe. So don't rush getting out and don't panic.

Beware of landslides. You have to be careful of landslides after an earthquake. If the slope looks different than usual, or if sands and stones keep falling down, run away immediately.
 
 
Important reminders:
  1. Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
  2. Have an earthquake and tsunami readiness plan.
  3. Locate a place that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
  4. Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.