For those of you that don't live in earthquake country, you may be wondering "What are people supposed to do during and immediately after an earthquake?" My wife and I live in a homeowner association that has a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Our association complex has 76 townhomes, and CERT has divided our complex into 4 neighborhoods.
Each of these neighborhoods has 4 teams, each with a specific purpose. In the event of an earthquake, people in close proximity will spring into action with predetermined duties as defined in each neighborhood's disaster response plan. The plan includes contact information for all of our neighbors as well as instructions and OK/HELP signage that can be used after an earthquake.
Here is the guidance that our neighborhood disaster response plans include:
I grew up in the New Orleans, Louisiana area, so I've lived through my share of hurricanes. With a hurricane, people get advanced warning, so they can prepare or depart. With an earthquake, there is no warning. The only option is to plan in advance and be ready to put those plans into action at a moment's notice. Our neighborhood disaster response plans from our Community Emergency Response Team are a way to make that happen.
Emergency response is alive in the lab.