A Barbarian’s Earthquake Survival Guide

Earlier today, the Philippines was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1. News of buildings has to be shut down because of it. I was watching Designated Survivor on the TV while folding the laundry when it happened. My 6-yr old daughter was upstairs, in her room. My mom, outside the house attending to some matter. I taught my daughter how to act in this kind of situation so there is some confidence in her being safe on her own. So, I rushed outside to attend to my mother whom I found carrying one of the neighbor’s baby to safety.

A bit of a background, on why I’m writing this. On my previous career as a programmer, I am one of my former company’s H.S.E. (Health, Safety, Emergency) Officer. I have training in basic first aid, basic fire safety and firefighting, and emergency response. I aim to put that training into good use today by writing a guide that will help you prepare in the event of an earthquake.

The danger posed by an earthquake is not the earthquake itself but rather the structural damage caused by it. There were countless reports of structural collapse all over the areas affected. And the best possible response you can do depends on the surrounding you are currently in.

First thing you must do is to KEEP YOURSELF CALM. There is more danger in panicking, remain cool and collected.

The second step is to assess your situation:

When Indoors:

  1. Drop, Tuck and cover your neck with your hand
  2. Find cover under sturdy tables
  3. Stay at the corner of the room
  4. Move away from walls and tall and heavy furniture until the shaking stops

When Outdoors:

  1. When driving, stop the car until the shaking stops. Get away from buildings, trees, overpass, utility poles, etc. Same applies when on foot.
  2. After the shaking, settle to a more secure location. Avoid taking any overpass, bridge, or any structure that might be damaged during the quake.

After the shaking, move away from any hillside or slopes for the possibility of a landslide.

After the shaking, move away from the water as quickly as possible to a more elevated position for the possibility of a tsunami.

Recollect and prepare for the possibility of an aftershock.

There is no real way of telling when this kind of events will occur, and it pays to be well informed and well prepared.

To my fellow Barbarians, my fellow Filipinos, I wish you to be prepared, be safe, and remain strong.

13 March 2016 at 11_00 am 7409 Highland Drive Hermitage, TN 37076 (2)

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  1. Good advice! Luckily here in Britain we don’t experience many earthquakes. I was once in Greece when a minor tremor occurred. I was in the bath and the water sloshed over the sides as the tub shook. It was a very weird feeling and not one I would like to have again in a hurry!

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      1. Didn’t feel the earthquake that much, as I was already in a public vehicle when it struck. Caloocan didn’t have much damage, though public transport was disrupted. Good thing I didn’t go malling yesterday, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to go home at the soonest.

        Likewise, I’m glad that no harm befell you or your family.

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    1. Hi Seng, im glad to know your safe. How bad was it in your place?
      Well, we Filipinos have this uncanny ability to shrug this off and smile after this. We are not known to be melodramatic, and im sure that we will prevail.

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      1. Thank you, Mr. A. It was a little bit traumatic especially on children. We are residing in Pampanga, 15-min drive away from Clark Int’l Airport. I agree! There are no disasters that can bring our spirits down.

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      2. Wow, we are just an hour drive from there. I’m from Olongapo City.
        Yes, it is very terrifying for the children. Good thing I taught my daughter on what to do in case of an earthquake.

        Anyways, im glad to know that everything is ok on your side.

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    1. Thank you Theresaly! Im just glad we’re ok. It took me a few minutes to get to my daughter. Good thing I taught her what to do. By the time I got her, I found her hiding under her desk with her aunt.

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      1. As much as she tries to teach me how to play with dolls and how to act accordingly in a tea party. I’m also trying to teach her a bunch of stuff, like those in the earthquake guide and how to throw a good jab! =)

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      2. lol! you make me smile! you at a tea party dainty and all, did she make you wear special clothes for the occasion?! my dad took me fishing and showed me how to use a knife. i loved him for not treating me like a typical girl!!

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      3. Nah, just my table manners in front of fluffy the unicorn.

        Yeah, I agree. As much as I wanted to treat her as a princess of her own. I need to teach her the life is sometimes tough. So I try to teach how to box, and encourage her to do sports, or playing outside with the other kids.

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