Residents of the UAE felt the tremors of last night’s earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border
Dubai is home to several skyscrapers and high rise buildings. According to Emporis.com, Dubai has 1,352 high-rise buildings, with 540 skyscrapers and 521 low-rise buildings.
After a powerful earthquake rocked the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday night, killing 210 people and injuring 1,700, several in the United Arab Emirates felt the tremors. Residents quickly took refuge outside their buildings as some felt the ground shake for a brief period.
âI was having dinner when I felt the ground shake a bit,â a Dubai resident told KT. âMy wife felt it too. We rushed over as soon as we felt the shaking,â he added.
But with so many skyscrapers in the city, are you aware of the steps you need to take if and when an earthquake strikes? Do you know whether to get out of your house or stay under a table during emergency hour?
The National Authority for Crisis and Disaster Management in the United Arab Emirates shares its advice:
What you need to know before an earthquake happens
1. Beware of weather changes, listen to the weather forecast
2. Make sure first aid and emergency kits are in a safe place and ready for use.
3. Make sure that auxiliary lighting means are available (hand lamp, lantern or candles) to be used if necessary.
4. Follow the instructions and instructions given by the competent authorities in the event that you receive an evacuation order. Follow them immediately to keep you and your family safe
5. Free the animals, the animals will fend for themselves.
If you were in a building other than your own home, please do the following:
1. Act calmly and don’t panic or be afraid when you feel the tremor and look for the nearest safe place.
2. Safe places include under a rigid table, bed, or large piece of furniture, or standing in the corner of the room or next to an interior wall.
3. Fear will stop your thinking and prevent you from making the right decision. Lie down facing the floor, protect your head with your hands or use a pillow nearby and place it on your head to protect yourself
4. Stay away from windows and glass doors.
5. Stay away from objects that may fall due to the earthquake, such as mirrors, chandeliers, and shelves, to prevent them from falling on you.
6. Disconnect power sources such as electricity and water, and turn off gas sources.
7. Do not smoke or use matches.
8. Don’t go barefoot.
What should you watch out for in the event of an earthquake?
1. If you were outdoors, please perform the following procedures when shaking or earthquakes occur:
2. Stay away from buildings, especially tall ones, to avoid potential collapse.
3. Avoid standing under building ceilings, tall trees, electrical substations, and telecommunications stations.
4. Stay away from the seaside as shores can be affected by rising waves due to earthquakes, river banks may fall.
5. Walk quietly to an open area and do not go home until the earthquake is completely over.
6. If you were swimming in sea, running water, swimming pools, valley pipes or dams, immediately get out of the water and head for land.
7. Avoid using cell phones except in the most urgent cases.
8. Try to help injured people if you can.
If you drive and the earthquake hits
You were driving your car and felt a shake or earthquake, please perform the following procedures:
1. Stay as far as possible from tunnels and slopes, and do not leave the car until the earthquake is over.
2. Park the car away from buildings, walls, and power lines.
3. It is recommended to use flashing indicators only to warn others.
4. Please exercise caution and caution and watch for changes that may block the road on the road.
5. In case you need to come to a complete stop, park it out of the road.
What to do after an earthquake
1. When the earthquake stops, stay away from power lines to avoid rebound earthquakes.
2. Search for missing persons, friends and family.
3. Notify rescue teams of people trapped or buried under debris.
4. Limit phone use.
5. Search for the injured and help them as much as possible.
6. Call your loved ones to know they are safe and reassure them that you are also safe.
7. Do not stand on the street to see what has happened, stay away from crowded areas or accident zones, and allow the proper authorities and emergency vehicles to do their work.
8. Do not enter ruined buildings or approach damaged complexes.
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