Little known dangers after an earthquake

Hilary Anderson, MA, American Red Cross, shares advice on the little known dangers that occur after an earthquake and what to do to stay safe after an earthquake
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Little known dangers after an earthquake

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An earthquake happens, the shaking has stopped--now what do I do? The first thing you want to do is protect your feet; if you've got a sturdy pair of shoes nearby, put those on. Depending on your situation, you might need a flashlight if there's no electricity, or you might be totally fine and ready to go. Survey your area--if you were in a separate room than your family, you want to check to make sure that they're alright. Be aware of falling debris, broken glass--things that are going to be on the ground or potentially causing you harm. After that happens, you survey your area. You want to check for, beyond that debris, your gas--do you smell, hear, or see anything that could potentially indicate there's a gas line leak or a break. In addition to that, watch out for fires--very small fires that can happen after an earthquake. It's your responsibility, and also definitely a good idea, to check your property or where you're living to make sure that everything is okay and in order. You want to be very alert of the fact that there are going to be aftershocks after an earthquake, and that it's a good idea to check after each aftershock as well, depending on its severity, things that could have been damaged during the first part of the earthquake and now are affected even more greatly in the aftershocks after. After each situation, check. Walk your area. See if it's safe--be ready to go.

Hilary Anderson, MA, American Red Cross, shares advice on the little known dangers that occur after an earthquake and what to do to stay safe after an earthquake

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Hilary Anderson, MA

American Red Cross

Hilary Anderson has been with the American Red Cross for the past three and a half years as a volunteer and staff member in positions with communications, disaster relief, development and volunteer services. As the Preparedness and Resiliency Manager, her primary responsibility is the delivery of educational programming across the Los Angeles region to get individuals, schools, businesses and organizations prepared for a disaster. As a dog owner, she also hopes to get your pets ready too! Hilary has a master’s degree in International Policy Studies with an emphasis in humanitarian assistance as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Journalism and German. She has worked for non-profits abroad in Israel, Bolivia and Germany focusing on grant writing, youth and education and also feeding and sheltering. 

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