Lying along the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines frequently suffers from earthquakes and tsunami as well. Have you ever wondered how to survive driving during such natural disasters?
According to statistics of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), it has recorded 12 destructive earthquakes in the country since 1968. And in this year, we witnessed two huge earthquakes: a 6.7-magnitude earthquake on February 10 and a recent 2.4-magnitude one in Surigao del Norte, having posed threat to people’s lives, infrastructures and livelihood as well.
Though earthquakes are inevitable, you can properly prepare for them. Here are some handy tips Philkotse strongly suggests to secure your safety when encountering an earthquake.
1. Stay calm
We know that it is hard to keep calm in a situation like earthquake, but try your best not to panic as seen among Japanese who consider earthquakes an important part of their lives.
Sometimes, you can’t remain calm since you are not sure what to do. Thus, be prepared and learn some survival tricks and most importantly, be confident of your own survival.
You must stop your car as quickly as safety permits in best available space. Don't stop near, or under buildings, trees, overpasses, bridges, telephone posts and utility wires because they can fall onto your car in seconds. Moreover, if you’re steering near coastal waters, going to higher ground is of the utmost importance.
Don't stop near, or under buildings, trees, overpasses, bridges, telephone posts and utility wires
When earthquake happens, your beloved car will protect you as well as all passengers from most debris and falling objects.
If you’re driving on a bridge, under an overpass or a Skyway, make sure to fasten your seat belt, roll windows completely down and just remain inside until the earthquake is over or municipal relief efforts come.
One more thing to take into consideration is never going under the car’s body as it’s difficult for you to get out. If a concrete falls on your vehicle, you certainly can’t avoid no matter where you are, even in a solid vehicle like an SUV.
1. Listen to the radio
Turn on your radio and listen for updated emergency information
After an earthquake, it’s necessary to turn on your radio and listen for updated emergency information and instructions. Avoid using cell phone except for urgent calls.
2. Look for a safe place
Once the shaking have subsided, you should look around your area and when you find a clear and safe path, start the engine and move slowly towards a more secure place away from the damaged areas. While driving, remember to keep your eyes on the road cracks and other obstacles.
While driving, remember to keep your eyes on the road cracks and other obstacles
The earthquake may ends, but it will leave some aftershocks which can cause some damages in the form of fallen power lines, broken trees and telephone poles, etc. This means you’re still in danger. Thus, it is advisable to wait it out for a while.
In case of a Tsunami
As we mentioned above, if you are riding your vehicle near the beach, you should go to higher ground immediately because aftershocks of the earthquake will be tsunamis. So, keep our following tips in mind:
1. Abandon your car
Get out of your car and try to run as fast as possible to a higher area
What a total waste of money! Nevertheless, it’s worth it as it can save your life. Get out of your car and try to run as fast as possible to a higher area before both your four-wheel machine and you are swept away.
2. Make for the flood
This will help your car float on water instead of getting crushed over sideways when the waters rush down. Further, you had better open your windows in order to escape easily in case the car is underwater.
You had better open your windows in order to escape easily in case the car is underwater
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In case your car is under a pile of debris or you get stuck inside the car
The first thing you should do is using your phone to call for help. Make sure that your cell phone must be always charged and you have the main emergency hotlines in your directory. The general emergency hotline for Metro Manila is (632) 911.
When your car is under a pile of debris, the first thing you should do is using your phone to call for help
If your phone runs out of battery, the easiest way is honking your horn until someone comes to help. Assuming the horn doesn’t work, use anything that can make sounds to attract attention or even, you can break your windows and climb out.
In closing, hope that our useful tips in this article will assist you to survive this dreadful natural disaster.
How to survive driving during an earthquake
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