Be aware, Be Prepared, Be Safe’

Disaster Management issues advisory on Do’s & Don’ts during Earthquake

Port Blair, Apr 12: The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are prone to geological disasters and located in one of the most seismically active parts (Zone -V) of the world and several great earthquakes have occurred in the past. The severe earthquake that occurred on December 26, 2004 caused horizontal and vertical shifts of landmass in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which caused the loss of lives and property of this UT.

    Considering the above, the Directorate of Disaster Management, A&N Administration has urged the general public of A&N Islands to adhere to the Do’s & Don’ts of Earthquake to mitigate the impact of earthquake and save their precious lives.

Before Earthquake

Consult   a   structural   engineer   to   make   your   house   earthquake resilient.

Fasten shelves securely to walls; place heavy/ large objects on lower shelves. Provide strong support to power and gas appliances.

Prepare an emergency kit with essential items for safety and survival

Develop an emergency communication and evacuation plan for your family and community.

Learn the technique of ‘Duck-Cover-Hold.

Educate yourself and   family   members   about   earthquake   risk   by participating in earthquake safety programmes.

During Earthquake

Stay calm, do not panic.  If you’re indoors,   stay inside.   If you’re outside, stay outside.

Don’t use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don’t mix.

If you are in a car, stop the car and stay inside until the earthquake stops.

Duck under a table; Cover your head with one hand and hold the table till the tremors last.

Stay away from mirrors and windows. Do not exit the building while the earth is still shaking.

Move outside as soon as the tremors stop. Do not use a lift.

When    outside,    move    away    from    buildings,    trees,    walls    and poles/electric lines.

When inside a vehicle, pull over in an open place and remain inside, avoid bridges. 

After Earthquake

Do not enter damaged buildings.

If trapped in rubble:

Do not light a matchstick 

Cover your mouth with a cloth 

Tap on a pipe or a wall

Sound a whistle

Use stairs and not lifts or elevators.

Move cautiously and check for unstable objects and other hazards above and around you. Check yourself for injuries.

Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis and beaches sometimes hit after the ground stops shaking.

Do not spread and/ or believe in rumours.

      Emergency Helpline Numbers: 112(ERSS), 1070 (SEOC), 1077(DEOC), 100 (Police), 101 (Fire) & 102 (Ambulance).

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