Buffalo, NY-- Following the earthquake near Ottawa, Ontario that was felt by residents in WNY, the American Red Cross in Buffalo is urging folks to be prepared when an earthquake hits.
"While we were fortunate that today's events were limited to smaller scale shaking and rumbling, it's important that we see this as an example that the unexpected can happen and we as a community need to be prepared," said Tracy Sawicki, Assistant Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter.
Here are some tips recommended by the Red Cross if you are inside when an earthquake begins:
- Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.
- If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
- Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
- Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire.
If you're outside, the Red Cross recommends:
- Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
- If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
- If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
- If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
For more information on safety tips for earthquakes, you can log onto the redcross.org.
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