Earth­quake talk gives tips on how to be pre­pared

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

It was shock­ing both fig­u­ra­tively and lit­er­ally when the re­gion was hit by earthquakes in the past few months. The Lake Muir 5.7 and 5.4 mag­ni­tude earthquakes in Septem­ber and Novem­ber were felt through­out the South West and as far away as Perth.

The se­quence is the big­gest quake south of Perth since records be­gan and a Geo­science Aus­tralia rep­re­sen­ta­tive has said it was pos­si­ble for at least one more of sim­i­lar size.

As part of a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion last week, Man­jimup SES and DFES spoke about how to act be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter an earth­quake and how to put to­gether an earth­quake pre­pared­ness kit.

The big­gest tip dur­ing an earth­quake was to find the safest al­ter­na­tive for where you are.

If in­side, stay in­side; if out­side, stay out­side; and if in bed, stay in bed, get un­der the cov­ers and pro­tect your neck and head.

Do not stand in a door­way dur­ing an earth­quake, the pre­ferred op­tion is to get un­der a ta­ble and hold on.

Items for a pre­pared­ness kit in­clude canned food, a ra­dio, ex­tra bat­ter­ies, clean water and a pocket knife.

Peo­ple need to take onus for their safety and, like with bush­fire sea­son, be pre­pared by talk­ing to fam­ily, mak­ing a plan and vis­it­ing the DFES web­site for more in­for­ma­tion.

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