Get the right information and teach your family what to do in case of an earthquake.
Set a meeting place in case family members are separated in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Move heavy objects to the bottom of shelving to prevent them from falling on someone.
If your home is equipped with natural gas appliances or connected to an outdoor propane tank, make sure everything is securely fastened and the lines cannot break.
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
Stay in the building. Do not rush out;
Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass partitions, overhead bookcases, fireplaces and light fixtures;
Find shelter under a solid piece of furniture. Otherwise, stick to a wall and protect your head and neck with your arms;
If you are in a crowded public place, try to take refuge to avoid being trampled;
If you are outside, stay away from buildings, power lines and other structures that can collapse, such as billboards;
If you are in a vehicle, do not stop on a bridge, an elevated road, under a viaduct or in a tunnel. Park your car on the side of the road, in an open area, and stay indoors.
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
In case of injury, ask for help. If you are able to help, administer first aid to those injured near you;
If you are indoors, check for a fire or gas leak. If in doubt, turn off the power. If there is a gas leak, turn off the power, do not light matches or lighters, open the windows and leave the premises;
If you leave home, post a message in a prominent place indicating where rescue teams can find you;
If you leave home, bring essential items and an emergency kit;
Do not take the elevator;
If you are outside, do not enter your home if it is damaged;
Do not enter a damaged building either, even if the premises seem secure.
For further information consult the website of the Ministère de la sécurité publique
Participate in the Grande Secousse du Québec:
Did you know that more than 43 million people from all over the world have taken part in the Great Shake? Participating in the Québec Grande Secousse is a good way for your family or organization, to be better prepared to survive a big earthquake and recover quickly.
Visit the Grande Secousse du Québec website for more information.