M 5.5, Haiti region
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#1 Jan 12, 2010
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Info on Earthquake recovery and education
During the Shaking
If indoors, stay there. Drop, cover and hold. Get under a desk or table and hang on. Alternately, you can stand in an archway or corner.
If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines.
If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a table. Do not use the elevators.
If driving, pull your car to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses or power lines. Remain inside until the shaking is over.
If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Move away from display shelves containing objects that may fall.
In all instances, drop, cover and hold; protect your head as much as possible.
After the Shaking Stops
Stay calm and check for injuries. Apply first aid if qualified. Do not move any seriously injured individuals unless they are in immediate danger.
Check for fires, gas and water leaks and damaged electrical wiring or sewer lines.
If you smell gas, do not use matches, candles, etc. and do not operate electrical switches.
Check building for cracks and damage, including roof, chimneys and foundation. If you suspect there is serious damage, turn off all utilities and leave the building.
Check food and water supplies. Emergency water may be obtained from water heaters, melted ice cubes, toilet tanks and canned vegetables.
Seek sources of uncontaminated water. In an emergency, purify water by straining through a paper towel or several layers of clean cloth and by boiling vigorously for at least six minutes.
Do not use BBQs, camp stoves or unvented heaters indoors.
Do not flush toilet if sewer line is damaged.
Do not use the telephone unless there is a severe injury or fire to report.
Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports, and cooperate fully with public safety officials.
Keep Disaster Response Routes clear for emergency vehicles.
Be prepared for aftershocks.
Movement of the ground is seldom the actual cause of death or injury. Most casualties result from partial building collapse, falling objects and debris, like toppling chimneys, ceiling plaster and light fixtures.
Stay calm and lend a hand to others in need.
information resources from Canada
After When an earthquake is over, its important to stay calm and move cautiously, checking for unstable objects and other haz ards above and around you. You or others may be injured. Treat yourself fi rst and then assist others. Check gas, water and electrical lines. Also be aware that there may be other types of hazards caused by earthquakes including fi re, landslides, highway damage, dike failures, liquefaction, cracks etc. Check around your residence. If there are any concerns about leaks, shut off valves. Be aware of other possible haz ards, such as broken glass, falling objects and weakened foun dations or walls. If you and your family are okay, place a large OK sign in your window to let emergency workers know. OK and S T E P ON E : TA K E C A R E OF YOU R S E L F A N D YOU R FA M I
of moulds and bacteria and keeps other building materials
from drying out properly. Remove insulation at least 50 cm
(20 inches) above the high-water line.
ABC news update.
#2 Jan 13, 2010
looking for info on marie lisette duverseau. she lives on avenue cartagena in les cayes. please let us know if she is okay
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