Disaster Prevention Measures for Your Daily Life - 5

Where should you evacuate to when a disaster strikes and the call for evacuation is sounded? Each village, town and city has its designated evacuation centers. Make sure you know them! Also, always evacuate on foot. It is a good idea to walk the route to your nearest evacuation location, as there are many things along the way you might take note of that are easy to miss while driving. For example, the vending machines you see in the streets weigh over 300kg. If they fall over during an earthquake then they are not easy to move, and they can cause quite a lot of damage as well. Electric power cables are also dangerous. Avoid fallen lines at all costs. And what if brick walls or buildings have collapsed and make a certain road impassable? Having a secondary route in mind is also a good idea. Next time you go for a walk around your neighbourhood, keep an eye out for things that might become important to you in a time of trouble. Here and now should be the beginning of your preparations against the unthinkable.

  • Identify local evacuation shelters (a map is available at your local municipal office).

  • Walk out the route to them

  • Keep several paths in mind.

  • Look for potentially dangerous spots along the way.

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