Persons with Disabilities
Before an earthquake:
- Write down any specific needs, limitations, and capabilities that you have, and any medications you take. Make a copy of the list and put it in your purse or wallet.
- Find someone (a spouse, roommate, friend, neighbor, relative, or co-worker) to help you in case of an emergency. Give them the list. You may wish to provide a spare key to your home, or let them know where they can find one in an emergency.
During an earthquake:
- If you are confined to a wheelchair, try to get under a doorway or into an inside corner, lock the wheels, and cover your head with your arms. Remove any items that are not securely attached to the wheelchair.
- If you are able, seek shelter under a sturdy table or desk. Stay away from outer walls, windows, fireplaces, and hanging objects.
- If unable to move from a bed or chair, protect yourself from falling objects by covering up with blankets and pillows.
- If you are outside, go to an open area away from trees, telephone poles, and buildings, and stay there.
After an earthquake:
- If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.
- Turn on your battery-operated TV or radio to receive emergency information and instructions.
- If you can, help others in need.
Here are some suggestions:
- Explain that an earthquake is a natural event and not anyone's fault.
- Talk about your own experiences with natural disasters, or read aloud books about earthquakes.
- Encourage your child to express feelings of fear. Listen carefully and show understanding.
- Your child may need both verbal and physical reassurance that everything will be all right. Tell your child that the situation is not permanent.
- Include your child in clean-up activities. It is comforting to the child to watch the household begin to return to normal and to have a job to do.