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Earthquake

Earthquake

Earthquake: a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface. They are one of the most unpredictable natural events.

When you arrive at your RV Park before an earthquake take a look around the area where your RV is set up. Identify safe areas. Most injuries and deaths result from walls collapsing, flying glass and falling debris.

During and earthquake, if you are in your RV, it may be safer to stay inside and get under your table than to go outside if there is a chance of a tree, pole, power line, or other object falling on you. Getting under a table, in a hallway, shower or between beds might be the safer places. Trees can fall on RVs and crush them, but if you stay low, away from windows and falling objects, and near stronger structures you may be safer than trying to go outside during an earthquake.

If you are outside, find an open area away from trees, power lines, poles, or overpasses.

For anyone with a RV, you should shut off the propane tanks as soon as it’s safe to do so.

If you find yourself trapped under debris, try to stay still and not stir up dust. Cover your mouth and nose with clothing to keep from inhaling dust. Don’t shout unless you know someone is close enough to hear you. Shouting may result in inhaling dust. Instead, tap on something to let people know you are there.

After the Earthquake

Aftershocks are common, though usually milder. Depending upon the strength of the initial earthquake, the aftershock might be strong enough to pose a danger, so be ready.

  • Keep your weather radio turned on and listen for warnings and advisories. If you are near the coast, tsunamis may be possible. Dams may be damaged threatening flash floods and other damage may put you at risk for a secondary emergency.
  • If you are camping in the wilderness, watch for landslides or falling rocks or boulders that have loosened. When safe, move your RV to a safer spot in a more open area until you know that roads are clear and you can safely leave the area.
  • Inspect your RV, vehicle and site carefully for damage. Don’t light any fires. There may be gas leaks in the area.
  • Use caution opening cabinets as the contents may fall out.
  • If a power line has fallen on your RV, don’t go outside or touch any metal fixtures. Call 911 for assistance.
  • If you can travel after an earthquake, be aware that there might be power outages, downed power lines, closed roads, traffic lights that don’t work and other hazards you might not anticipate.

If you are in your tent get out as soon as you can.

Watch out and move away from fallen trees, boulders, and other objects which could fall and injure or kill you.

If your campfire is burning, put it out if possible.

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