Earthquake Preparation 101: How Can You Prepare for a Major Earthquake?
While Singapore enjoys lesser risks of earthquakes compared to its neighboring Southeast Asian countries, it doesn’t guarantee utmost safety to its residents in the event of a quake. Surrounding plate boundaries may still affect the city-state especially during a high-magnitude earthquake. For instance, a 6.5 magnitude quake struck the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra in June of 2016, which has sent tremors reaching Singapore and other neighboring countries.
In the following years, who knows when it’d devastate the city-state? It is then important to prepare for a major earthquake, especially when such an unfortunate disaster may put your life at risk. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. You might just thank yourself for preparing beforehand in the event of distress.
• Prepare to look after and provide for yourself for at least a couple of days to a week.
Don’t be surprised when power’s out or there is no water supply after a major earthquake. Power lines and the local water supply may have been devastated by the unstable shaking, and even if you call for emergency help the telephone lines may not be working immediately. This is why you must prepare to look after yourself for a week, at most. Acquaint yourself with the basic survival skills.
• Stock up on necessities such as food and water.
Necessities such as food and water are ideally to be stocked up especially in times of disaster. During a major earthquake, groceries and local establishments may be closed or destroyed completely. Opt for nonperishable food which is ideal for emergencies, such as canned goods and dry crackers.
• Never underestimate the importance of having a first-aid kit.
Injuries are likely to be sustained during a major earthquake, given that debris are falling and the ground is unstable and shaking. It is then important to have a first-aid kit on hand in order to tend after minor cuts, bruises, or swelling which are common injuries during a tremor. Hospitals may be swamped with patients during that time — hence it is better to know how to fend for yourself.
• Store hazardous objects securely.
Flammable liquids and other hazardous objects become dangerous when exposed for a long time in the event of a quake. Hence, make sure they are stored in secure cabinets in order to decrease the risk of accidents. Breakables and other objects must also be kept secured to prevent them from falling upon you in the event of a tremor.
• Discuss earthquake insurance.
Depending on your financial situation, you may get your residence covered with insurance should a disaster happen. This is ideal to consider especially if your house comes with value. Consulting with your agent regarding the matter may be worthwhile in the long run.