Earthquake Preparedness Reminder

Reference No. TAC 004-02-2017

TO                          :               OUR VALUED RESIDENTS

DATE                     :               FEBRUARY 24, 2017

SUBJECT               :               EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS REMINDER

 

 

After the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao that put the province in great devastation and as advised by Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology), Metro Manila residents should prepare for a powerful earthquake called the “Big One” that could be very dangerous. As reported, the West Valley Fault is now ripe for movement and can generate a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. 

 

Please note that the West Valley Fault runs from Bulacan to Cavite passing different cities including Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig and Taguig.  As Mandaluyong is within the 100 kms from the fault, being prepared in advance is critical to reduce anxiety and minimize damages and loss.  

 

Apart from the regular earthquake drills that our building’s Emergency Brigade Team conducts, we would like to share the attached guidelines on Earthquake Response issued by PhiVolcs for our residents’ guidance and reference.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

For and on behalf of

The Address at WackWack Condominium Corporation

 

Luisa Joven

Building Manager

 

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS TIPS

Before an Earthquake

·         Secure any furniture such as bookshelves and cabinets to the walls to minimize risk of falling.

·         Create a disaster plan to protect yourself and your family. Know how to communicate with other family members after the earthquake if you're not together. Designate a safe place to meet outside of the house after the shaking stops.

·         Put together an emergency kit. Your kit should include non-perishable food, water, first aid supplies, flashlights, camping supplies (stove, battery-powered lantern, etc.), extra batteries, blankets and any personal items you may need (medications, toiletries, clothing).

 

During an Earthquake

 

·         Take cover in a safe place in your house. Get under a sturdy table or desk to avoid being hit by anything. If you can't take safe cover, protect your head and neck with your arms.

·         Do not try and go outside until after the shaking stops. If you are already indoors, you are safer taking cover inside than attempting to leave your house during an earthquake you could be hit by falling debris as you're trying to get out.

 

After an Earthquake

·         Be prepared for aftershocks. Earthquakes are often followed by aftershocks additional quakes that follow the main event. These can last for days or even weeks after a major earthquake.

·         Check your gas lines and make sure there are no leaks. If you smell gas leaking, turn off the gas if possible and call the gas company.

·         Check for damaged electrical wiring. Shut off the power if you see damaged wiring in your house.

·         Keep your shoes on. You may have broken glass or spilled chemicals on the floor of your house as a result of the earthquake. Don't walk around barefoot until you're sure the floor is clean and safe.