Senior & Disabled Earthquake Safety Tips

Earthquake Safety Tips

Recently with the earthquakes hitting California many people are trying to figure out what exactly  to do. The disabled that are confined to a wheelchair or the elderly do during an earthquake? Well when an earthquake strikes and you are in your wheelchair, place yourself under a doorway or into an inside corner, be sure to lock the wheels, and cover your head with your arms.  Be sure to remove any items that are not securely attached to your wheelchair.  If you are able to find shelter under a sturdy table or desk, be sure to stay away from outer walls, windows, fireplaces, and other hanging objects.  If you are unable to move from a bed or chair, make sure to protect yourself from falling objects by covering up with blankets and pillows; be sure to protect your face.  If you happen to be outside when an earthquake hits then go to an open area away from trees, telephone poles, and buildings, and stay there.

If a family employs you as a caregiver then the most important thing is to take care and protect yourself during an earthquake because you will play an important role once the earthquake is over.  When taking cover it is a good idea to call out to the other person in the room in order to reassure them that you are okay.  When the earthquake is over, proceed carefully to check on the individuals that you care for and then assess the situation of the building and check the clients for any possible injuries.  If an evacuation is necessary then move very carefully throughout the house and take all essential equipment with you.  Equipment includes: wheelchair chargers, any important medications, water, extra clothes, and non-perishable food items.

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