Recent events has showed the Lebanon’s unpreparedness to face natural disasters. The Civil Defense in Lebanon has now announced instructions for citizens on precautions that should be taken in preparation for earthquakes. The guidelines also contained instruction on how citizens should act during and after earthquakes whether they are indoors, outdoors or in a car.
“Enduring by the principle of prevention and for the sake of public safety, the Directorate General of Civil Defense has placed at the disposal of the public a series of instructions to raise awareness on how to get prepared for potential earthquakes,” a statement said.
The guideline stated the following:
Preparations in case of a natural disaster include making sure that heavy objects which might fall and cause injury are fixed. One should identify safe spots in the house away from glass windows and doors such as beneath solid tables or next to pillar walls. Keep a first-aid kit at hand and determine safe exits in the homes and office buildings.
If caught by the quake outdoors, one should stay away from buildings, trees and power poles, avoid rushing to the seaside, as earthquakes increase risks of tsunamis, the guideline further stated to go to high places instead.
If a person is in a car during an earthquake, drivers should maintain control of their vehicle, park on the right-hand side of the road as quickly as possible. After that it is vital to stay far from murals or poles, and avoid accessing bridges or tunnels which might collapse during a quake.
In case of injury or being trapped under the rubble, it is important to stay calm and try to draw the attention of rescuers.
If a person is unhurt, it is important to help evacuate others or offer assistance to rescue teams. The highest precautions should be maintained as earthquakes are usually followed by aftershocks.
Originally posted by: Daily Star