What to Do When Having an Earthquake: Essential Safety Tips for Newborn Care

May 14, 2024

Understanding what to do after an earth quake, handling the aftermath and ensuring newborn care are crucial for keeping your family or daycare safe. Updating with earthquake safety information can help you to be prepared for such natural disasters.

Before the Earthquake

Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors

To plan positioning your children during the earthquake and securing potential hazards such as fastening shelves, flammable area, or window glass. Educating your children to choose sturdy furniture that is against an inside wall can help your children stay safe during an earthquake with the minimal risk. Especially, if you live in the country that has earthquake frequently, moving any objects  that are placed on shelves in the bedroom or playing area to the safer place is a must to do.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

Your emergency kit should include diapers, wipes, nonperishable baby food, baby carrier, extra clothes, feeding spoons, bibs, and blankets, ensuring their needs are met during any crisis. Also, any supplies for your children medical needs that may arise and considering small camp stove and fuel for boiling water to make it safe for use and to sanitize infant feeding supplies can relieve your situation if you can plan the capacity of your emergency kit.

Communication and Education Plan

Creating and practice a family evacuation plan, identifying a meeting spot for family members and learning about safety procedures for your child’s school or daycare can be a crucial part of emergency planning. Moreover, having a communication plan for contacting family members and ensuring everyone knows how to safely exit the home and where to meet if separated is essential to a solid emergency plan

During the Earthquake

Immediate Action; Drop, Cover, and Hold On

As children learn to walk and talk, teach them to immediately drop to the ground, get under a solid piece of furniture like a table or desk during an earthquake, and hold on until the shaking stops. If you are indoors, stay away from windows to avoid broken glass and other hazards. You can also cooperate with your children and make "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" as a fun activity.

Protecting Infants

Hold your child close to your chest to ensure their safety. If there is no table or desk near you, move to an inside corner of the room and always be aware of their neck and head.

After the Earthquake

Assess Immediate Safety

Observe your surroundings for safety. If you notice large cracks in walls or floors, smell gas, or see smoke, evacuate the premises promptly.

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Monitor Children's Emotional and Physical Well-being

After ensuring your immediate environment is safe, check for injuries among family members and administer first aid if necessary. Furthermore, earthquakes can be traumatic for children, leading to signs of toxic stress such as clinging behavior, regression, or sleep disturbances. Encourage them to express their feelings and discuss what they experienced can help them manage anxiety effectively.

Prepare for Aftershocks

Be aware that aftershocks can occur, often less intense than the main quake but still potentially dangerous. They can cause further damage, especially to structures already weakened. Meanwhile, engage in comforting practices, remain clam, and offer comforting reassurances to your children can mitigate stress and alleviate fear. Having carrier in your daycare or family emergency kit is the good way to use physical closeness and comfort your children in the earthquake situation. Our emergency carrier is the best carrier for the emergency evacuation with the 4 carrier capacity and highly durable denim materials.

Be aware that aftershocks can occur, often less intense than the main quake but still potentially dangerous. They can cause further damage, especially to structures already weakened. Meanwhile, engage in comforting practices, remain clam, and offer comforting reassurances to your children can mitigate stress and alleviate fear. Having carrier in your daycare or family emergency kit is the good way to use physical closeness and comfort your children in the earthquake situation. Our emergency carrier is the best carrier for the emergency evacuation with the 4 carrier capacity and highly durable denim materials.

 

References

10 Earthquake Safety Tips to Keep Children Safe
How Can I Protect My Child during an Earthquake?

Earthquake Preparedness for Pregnant Women and Families with Infants

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