Update: June 10, 2013Dealing with Earthquakes Series No.7

Be prepared for life in an evacuation centre

Life in an evacuation centre lacks freedom and privacy but having an attitude to understand and help fellow evacuees makes the experience easier.

  • It is important to communicate effectively with others in the evacuation centre so that no one feels isolated (especially those injured, and those who are not normally part of the community e.g. travelers ).
  • Talk with officials (e.g. centre staff, medical professional, police) at the evacuation centre to reduce your worries
  • Try to not cause trouble for others
  • Take measures to reduce stress. Simple exercise can be effective.
  • Evacuation centres are not just run by government and volunteer groups, but local communities take part too.
  • There is a danger of colds and influenza spreading, so take care to wash hands and gargle, and even wear a mask.
  • If you stay in a vehicle be careful of blood clots like "economy class syndrome". Drink fluids and do limb exercises while in the vehicle. Do not stay in a vehicle for more than a few days.

Returning to a damaged house

A disaster official will attach a notice to each building according to its condition

RED: UNSAFE / Danger! Do not enter

RED : UNSAFE / Danger! Do not enter

YELLOW: LIMITED ENTRY / Caution required when entering building

YELLOW : LIMITED ENTRY / Caution required when entering building

GREEN: INSPECTED / Building safe for occupation

GREEN : INSPECTED / Building safe for occupation
  • The gas supply to most buildings automatically shuts off during a level 5 quake. Be aware of how to perform a safety check and restore the gas flow at your home.
  • Check the sewage system is restored by test-flushing the toilet before using it. Contact municipal authorities if there is a problem.
  • Check for gas leaks before restoring the electricity breaker.
  • If gas has escaped, ventilate in the building before using electricity. Do not use an electric fan to do this!