How to Act

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Your chance to survival and the chances of those with you depend largely in how you act during a disaster

During a disaster keep in mind the following:

- Stay calm and make others calm as well.
- Keep away from windows, shelves, boxes, and objects that may fall.
- In case of earthquake, protect yourself under the frames of doors, solid cabinets, even to seek protection under tables, desks and beds is better than no protection at all.
- If you are in a building do not rush toward the exits, stairways and gates may be congested with people.
- Do not use the elevators; the power may fail.
- If you are outdoors, stay away from tall buildings, power poles, and other objects that may fall on you. Go to an open place and to higher ground.
- If you feel an earthquake and you are driving, stop and remain inside the vehicle, taking care to stay away from bridges, electric poles, buildings damaged or areas of landslides.
- If you are driving when a sudden flood strikes, attempt to go to higher ground with calm. Never cross moving waters or waters that can not see the bottom.
- Listen on your radio for bulletins issued by the Emergency Operations Center.
- If you are indoors, disconnect the electric power taking precautions and if there is no water in contact with electricity.
- Turn off the gas.
- Keep vigilant to the level of waters from nearby rivers and to possible landslides.
- Assist women, children and the elderly when possible and safe.
- Remember that some weather phenomena like hurricanes have a center or "eye" of calm that can last up to an hour and then returns the destructive force winds in opposite direction and equally strong.
- Do not leave your place of refuge until the authorities or emergency workers direct except if there is an immediate danger that threatens to destroy your place of refuge.
- Ignore rumours or people screaming information in panic.
- Pay attention and follow the instructions and bulletins of the authorities and emergency personnel.

Immediately after

- Do not attempt to improperly move the injured victims with fractures, unless there is a danger of landslides, collapses, fire, flood, etc.
- Do not strike a match, there may be gas leaks.
- Clean urgently spills of medicines, paints and other hazardous material.
- Don't walk where there is broken glass, power cables, or touch metal objects or water pools that are in contact with the wires.
- Do not drink water that is not in a closed container, it may be contaminated.
- Use the phone only in emergencies.
- Do not walk nor circulate on the roads and highways parallel to the beach, after an earthquake tsunamis can occur.
- Transmit confidence and calm to all people you have around.
- Respond to calls of support from the organizations and personnel involved in Disaster Response or acting through the Emergency Operations Center.
- Once you check on your family and house, offer your help to the community.

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