The Philippines lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire so we are prone to volcanic eruptions and earthquake. We can at least prepare for volcanic eruptions and typhoon, but not with the shaking of the earth.
The latest major earthquake in the Visayas and Northern Mindanao proved how destructive and dangerous a tremor is. It ruined a lot of properties and killed hundreds of people.
We can never tell when will an earthquake strikes – the same with our fate after this natural calamity. It can happen anytime and anywhere so the best thing to know is learn what to do when earthquake happens.
As a parent, I want my kids learn the basics about earthquake drill so they would know what to do if it strikes and they are at home or at school.
Here are some simple tips to safety.
- Teach the kids to keep calm and not to panic. – I know keeping children, like toddlers calm in the midst of a calamity is hard, but teaching them the importance of it would at least help.
- If at school, tell them to listen to their teachers. – The teachers are aware about the earthquake drill. They can instruct the kids what to do and where to go after the quake.
- Tell them to watch out on falling objects or debris. – Remind your child to stay away from cabinets, chandeliers if any, ceiling fans or wall fans and glass wall.
- Introduce the DUCK, COVER and HOLD or DROP, COVER and HOLD
- Remind them to take cover under a sturdy table or strongly supported doorway. – It is important that kids know what furniture in the house is well built and dependable like the dining table or chair.
- After the shaking stops, walk out of the room, classroom or home and never go back . – Tell you child to never go back inside the house or classroom once they already exited the area because aftershocks can happen anytime too. Let them stay in an open area and ask help from the elders around.