What To Do Before, During, and After An Earthquake

14 Mar 2020
earthquake safety

Everything you need to know before the Big One hits

Just yesterday, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Pampanga, which was felt all the way through Metro Manila. Taking from the experience, it’s best to be prepared for what the government is now calling, “The Big One” – a 7.0+ magnitude earthquake that is anticipated to hit the city. As there is no way to tell when this would happen, take time to read through the earthquake preparedness guide provided by PHIVOLCS summarized below.

Survival Kit:

It is ideal to have at least one survival pack near the entrance of your home, in your car, and inside your workplace. Place it in an easy-to-reach location and should at least contain the following:
  1. Non-perishable or no-prep meals (canned goods, crackers, cereal, canned juices)
  2. First Aid Kit (4×4 gauze pads, 8×10 gauze pads, adhesive bandages, gauze roller bandages, scissors, blanket, tweezers, adhesive tape, would cleaning agent, latex gloves, splint, aspirin, cold pack, antibiotic ointment, thermometer, safety pins)
  3. Clothes (undergarments, rubber shoes, slippers, t-shirt, jacket, lounge pants)
  4. Toiletries (bath soap, sanitary pads, toothbrush, toothpaste, insect repellant)
  5. Important Documents (passports, birth certificate)
  6. Essential Tools (whistle, lights/matches, flashlight, batteries, battery-powered radio, fully-charged power bank, extra cash, multi-purpose knife, extension cords)

Before an earthquake:

Take some time to prepare yourself, and your loved ones for a possible earthquake. As one can hit at any given time, being prepared with the necessary tools will likely ease your nerves in the midst of the calamity.
  1. Familiarize yourself with the location of fire extinguishers, medical kits, exit routes, and your building’s evacuation plan
  2. Have necessary house repairs fixed to avoid further damage
  3. Store harmful chemicals and flammable materials properly
  4. Secure heavy furniture and hanging objects
  5. Prepare your survival kit* (preferably one in your house, car, and workplace)
  6. Participate in office and community earthquake drills
  7. Discuss a designated meet up location with family in case you’re separated

During an earthquake:

  1. Stay calm and stay put
  2. Duck, cover and hold under somewhere stable (ex. desk or table)
  3. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy and hanging objects
  4. Exit the building only once shaking stops via stairs. Elevators are not to be used.
  5. Evacuate to an open area away from trees, electric posts and landslide prone areas
  6. If you’re in a moving vehicle, step out and move towards a safer area.
  7. Avoid overpasses, slowly stop in an open area, and remain in your vehicle

After an earthquake:

  1. Stay alert in the event of aftershocks
  2. Check yourself and those in your surroundings are injuries and provide first aid. Prioritize children, pregnant women, PWDs, and senior citizens*
  3. For coastal locations, evacuate to higher ground immediately
  4. Double check for toxic spills and flammable chemicals
  5. Stay out of buildings until advised
  6. Check for water, electrical, gas, or LPG leaks and damages
  7. Stay updated through a battery-operated radio
  8. If signal is not down, message loved ones of your state and where you are

Emergency Apps

Although it is impossible to be alerted before an earthquake strikes, you may rely on the following emergency apps for earthquake detection. Apple users may also turn on their emergency and government alerts on their phone.
  1. Weather PH
  2. Quakefeed
  3. Batingaw
  4. Typhoon Tracker
  5. Firechat
  6. FEMA
For more information, stay updated @phivolcs_dost and @cnnphilippines on Twitter.

Where to Contact Klook

In the event that yesterday’s earthquake has caused a change of plans and itinerary, please send an email to support@klook.com immediately. You may also call the following hotlines for any booking requests and inquiries:
(+852) 3018-3975 (Hong Kong)
(+886) 2-55933778 (Taiwan)
(+65) 3158-3270 (Singapore)
(+81) 50-3205-1066 (Japan)
400-194-9240 (Mainland China)
(+63) 2626-3888 (Philippines)
(+60) 3-92128-188 (Malaysia)
001800-852-4043 (Thailand)
1855-254-4363 (USA)
1800-16-2535 (Australia)
0800-42-7313 (New Zealand)
1203-2611 (Vietnam)