Just Me Essay

1081 WordsAug 6, 20125 Pages
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE, CHECK FOR INJURIES AND DAMAGE. First take care of your own situation. Remember your emergency plans. Aftershocks may cause additional damage or items to fall, so get to a safe location. Take your disaster supplies kit. If you are trapped by falling items or a collapse, protect your mouth, nose, and eyes from dust. If you are bleeding, put pressure on the wound and elevate the injured part. Signal for help with your emergency whistle, a cell phone, or knock loudly on solid pieces of the building, three times every few minutes. Rescue personnel will be listening for such sounds. Once you are safe, help others and check for damage. Protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and work gloves, to avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Also wear a dust mask and eye protection. "EVERYONE WILL PANIC DURING THE BIG ONE!" A common belief is that people always panic and run around madly during and after earthquakes, creating more danger for themselves and others. Actually, research shows that people usually take protective actions and help others both during and after the shaking. Most people don't get too shaken up about being shaken up! Check for injuries: * Check your first aid kit or the front pages of your telephone book for detailed instructions on first aid measures. * If a person is bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound. Use clean gauze or cloth, if available. * If a person is not breathing, administer rescue breathing. * If a person has no pulse, begin CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). * Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. * Cover injured persons with blankets or additional clothing to keep them warm. * Get medical help for serious injuries. * Carefully check children or others needing special assistance. Check for damage: * Fire. If

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