| 22 April 2024, Monday |

Important instructions on how to deal with earthquakes

The General Directorate of Civil Defense issued a statement on how to deal with the tremors, in which it stated:

Preparation before shakes
Monitor items at home or in the office
Install everything that can fall, such as wardrobes, chandeliers, picture shelves, and heavy objects.
Repairing cracks in the building and electrical wires.
Determine safe places indoors
Under sturdy tables or next to an interior wall (corner).
– Away from glass, mirrors, and everything that can be broken.

Determine safe places abroad:
Away from buildings, trees, telephone poles and electricity.
Do not go to the coastal areas for fear of a tsunami. Head immediately to higher ground, and stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the sea.

Prepare the exit method in case of an emergency.
In the event that the family is separated during the disaster, especially if the children are in school, agree in advance on a place to meet with an acquaintance
Who to contact out of town. Ensure that everyone is aware of these preparations and conduct exercises on them periodically.

Prepare an emergency bag and a first aid bag with the necessary medicines, if any.

During the tremor:
How do you behave if you are indoors?
Do not hasten to go out or go down to the shelter, as staying inside is safer.
Take cover under a sturdy table, door sill, or in an interior corner until the tremors pass.
Stay away from windows, balconies, and things fixed to ceilings and walls, shelves and chandeliers.
Cover your head and face as much as possible or with your hands in a squatting position.
Cut off all power sources, if possible.
Do not use the elevator.

How to behave if you are outside the house, in the fresh air:

Stay away from buildings and fences at their height, and do not hide under trees, power lines or signs

How to behave if you are in public places:
Do not rush towards the exit door to avoid crowding, and look for emergency exits.
– Stay away from anything that might fall.

How to behave if you are inside the car:
– Avoid reckless driving, as controlling the steering wheel becomes difficult.
Park your car to the right of the road away from buildings, walls and public electrical supplies, to facilitate the passage of rescue vehicles.
Do not try to cross bridges or take cover under them or inside tunnels.

How do you act if you are in the elevator?
– Press the appropriate button for the nearest floor to stop the elevator and leave at maximum speed through the internal stairs towards the safe places.

After the shake:
If you are infected:
Keep calm and avoid shocks of fear and panic.
– Try to draw attention to where you are in any way.
Take the initiative to evacuate those present in accordance with the previously drawn plan.

If you are not injured:
Check out all family members.
– If you have experience, first aid the injured and put out small fires.
Cut off all power sources.
– Evacuate the injured if their lives are in danger.
Do not touch the dangling wires.
Do not use the phone except in emergency cases, especially the cellular phone, in the event of a gas leak, and so that the network does not malfunction.
Listen to the radio and abide by the instructions of the competent authorities.
Prepare for aftershocks and leave the house before they occur.

  • Sawt Beirut International