On Tuesday the 21st of August 2018, approximately after 5:00 pm, some parts of the Caribbean would have been affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake which occurred off the coast of Venezuela. Countries such at Trinidad, St. Lucia and even here in Barbados felt the shock of the massive earthquake. Scores of individuals then took to social media to post and share videos of the incident showing how severe it was. These images/videos were not easy on the eyes for some and because of that, we here at BestQuote have decided to compile a short list of things you should and should not do during an earthquake to help keep you safe.
It is also an interesting fact to know that those individuals who are comprehensively insured, for both their homes and car are covered under their policy in the event of a serious earthquake if it were to ever occur closer to home.
For this blog, we’re going to structure the list in such a way to help persons who maybe either in one of these places at the time of an earthquake.
If You Are Indoors
- If you are on the inside of a building or anywhere that is enclosed during an earthquake, the first thing you should do is drop to ground and find cover under either a sturdy table or any piece of furniture you can find. Stay there until the shaking has stopped. Try your best to cover your head and face with your arms as much as possible.
- Stay away from anything that can fall or shatter during an earthquake, such things can include, glasses, windows, walls, fixtures you name it. Try your best to stay clear of anything that can cause you injury.
- Avoid elevators at all cost during an earthquake. Use the emergency exit as this is the safest option during that time to help you get to a secure location.
If You Are Outdoors
- If you are outdoors during an earthquake and you are close to any buildings, poles or trees, move swiftly away from them. Structures and poles are likely to crack and fall during this time sending debris flying any and everywhere.
- Stay where you are if you are in the open. If there is nothing around you, just remain there until the shaking has stopped.
If You Are In A Moving/Parked Vehicle
- Stop the vehicle and stay in it. Make sure you’ve stopped in an open area away from buildings or powerlines. This is to avoid anything falling on your vehicle while you are in it. Also, once the shaking has stopped, stay away from bridges, ramps and risky roads which may have been damaged by the quake.
Earthquakes unlike hurricanes can strike at anytime without warning. Being mentally prepared is a must. Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong way to prepare for one physically, like we do with hurricanes. However, following the simple instructions given above, it would help ease the minds of those knowing what they can do during one and after its aftermath for the future. Having valid insurance cover is also a must to ensure your home and your vehicle is safe during similar times. Contact us today so we can help you find the lowest quote there is for you – www.BestQuoteBB.com or 1-246-537-0140.