We have all heard it before. During an earthquake, you are recommended to stay under a table and hold on until the shaking stops. This can protect you from any debris or collapsing parts of the house. But what are you going to do after the earthquake? It seems like the after part has always been overlooked.
Check for injuries
The first thing you should do is to check yourself and the others around you, whether they are family members or officemates, of any injuries. It is important to know your condition and how you have managed the natural disaster, because it can also determine how you are going to act.
If there are injuries, tend to them if they are manageable, but it is better to call for authorities. However, take note that many may be calling the authorities as well.
Check the lines
Even after the earthquake has passed, there are still possible hazards around you, and one of those hazards involve damages from your utilities, including your electric, gas, and water lines. Make sure to check them for damages, and to prevent fires, explosions, and other risks that may arise from these damages, be sure to turn them off.
You should pay particular attention to gas. If you can smell gas, it is best not to attempt to fix it, leave the windows and doors open, and leave the area.
Look for structural damages
Structural damage is another hazard you should be concerned about, especially those that may be severe enough to cause collapse. Take a good look at the walls and ceilings for cracks. You may not be an expert on buildings, but some damage may be obvious even for a non-professional.
Leave damaged buildings and stay away from damaged walls.
Turn on the news
Get access to local news immediately, so you will have an idea of what really happened and how the local authorities are acting. You should always follow the recommendation of local authorities. If they advised you to stay away near shores, do so. If they advised you to evacuate, do so.
The best way to get into the news is through the radio.
Call your insurance
After everything is said and done, you also have to think about the financial aspect of things. Call your insurance and inform them of what happened. However, it is best to not be extensive until you have properly appraised the value of your property and assessed the damages, so you know the rightful compensation.
According to the website of K2 Consulting & Services, insurance providers may send their own adjusters to estimate damages, and they may not be as extensive as you would like. So, it is better to have an idea of the value of your property and damage first yourself.