What should you do in the event of an earthquake?
Devastating earthquakes have occurred in our part of the world in the past and, according to experts, they will also occur in the future. Earthquakes cannot be predicted in advance, but there is little doubt that there is going to be a strong earthquake in Israel sooner or later therefor we must be prepared.
Correct behavior during an earthquake:
If you are inside a building when an earthquake occurs, find a safe place as quickly as possible in this descending order of priority:
- An open space – if possible, leave the building immediately (within seconds) and go outside into an open space. This is especially true for if you are in a single-story building or on the ground floor of a multistory building.
- The protected room in your apartment or the stairwell – if you are unable to go outside immediately (within seconds), quickly enter the protected room in your apartment. If your apartment has no protected room, go out into the stairwell and from there find the fastest way outside.
- After the earthquake is over, you should go outdoors into an open space (this is especially true in hi-rise buildings).
Instructions about how to protect yourself and other information can be found on the Home Front Command website
Population Assistance Sites (PAS) – in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster, population assistance sites will be opened by the Municipality. Each PAS will provide basic services such as food and vital personal needs as well as information. They will also recruit volunteers and serve as first aid clinics, water distribution sites, and more.