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General recommendations before an earthquake

Earthquakes cannot be predicted. By speaking up for the construction of earthquake-resistant buildings, securing objects, and storing emergency equipment within easy reach, you can contribute to minimizing the effects of and damage caused by earthquakes.

New, redeveloped, and converted buildings

  • Earthquake-resistant building design offers the best protection against the consequences of an earthquake. The primary goal of this type of design is to prevent the collapse of a building and thereby avoid fatalities and injuries
  • Taking out earthquake insurance is another option for reducing your personal (financial) risk

Sources of danger inside buildings

  • Make sure that objects that could fall down or topple over on account of the shaking, and thereby cause injuries, are secured. This includes, for example, ceiling linings, shelves and their contents, televisions and stereos, and light fittings

Be prepared (for earthquakes and other emergencies)

  • Think about what to do during an earthquake (see  “What to do during an earthquake”)
  • Know where the main valves and switches for gas, water, and electricity are and how to turn them off
  • Keep a supply of emergency provisions (see  list of emergency provisions from the FONES)
  • Put together a first aid box
  • Copy your important documents such as your passport or ID and have them within reach in case of an incident
  • Have a torch, battery-powered radio, and cash (ATMs no longer function) within reach in case of power cuts

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