Emergency actions to take during an earthquake – Ghanaians must take this serious


Earthquakes can be devastating, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are some emergency actions to take during an earthquake in Ghana:

If you are indoors:

  1. Drop, cover, and hold on. Drop to the floor immediately, cover your head and neck with your arms, and hold on to a sturdy piece of furniture until the shaking stops.
  2. Stay away from windows and doors. Windows and doors can shatter during an earthquake, so it is important to stay away from them.
  3. If you are in a multi-story building, move to the nearest staircase. Stairs are more likely to remain intact than elevators during an earthquake.
  4. If you are unable to exit the building, take shelter under a sturdy table or desk.

If you are outdoors:

  1. Find an open area away from buildings, power lines, trees, and other hazards.
  2. If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid parking under bridges or overpasses.

After the earthquake:

  1. Check yourself and others for injuries. If you are injured, provide first aid or seek medical attention.
  2. Be aware of the possibility of aftershocks. Aftershocks are smaller earthquakes that can occur after a larger earthquake.
  3. Listen to the radio or television for updates from emergency officials.

Here are some additional tips for Ghanaians who are living in earthquake-prone areas:

  • Have an earthquake preparedness plan. This plan should include a list of emergency contacts, a meeting place for family members, and a plan for evacuating your home.
  • Make sure your home is earthquake-safe. This means securing furniture and appliances to the walls and bolting down the foundation of your home.
  • Keep a supply of emergency supplies on hand. This should include food, water, first aid supplies, and a flashlight.

By following these tips, you can help to protect yourself and your loved ones during an earthquake.


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