In Time of Emergency: A Citizen's Handbook

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DIANE Publishing, 1995 - 38 pages
Provides individuals and families with information on what can and should be done to enhance survival in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Chapters cover: general guidance, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, earthquakes, tidal waves, nuclear power plant accidents, fire, and nuclear attack. Illustrated.

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Page 12 - eye" of the hurricane. If the storm center passes directly overhead, there will be a lull in the wind lasting from a few minutes to half-an-hour or more. Stay in a safe place unless emergency repairs are absolutely necessary. But remember, at the other side of the "eye" the winds will increase rapidly to hurricane force, and will come from the opposite direction.
Page 24 - just another false alarm." 7. All tsunamis — like hurricanes — are potentially dangerous, even though they may not strike each Pacific coastline or do damage at each coastline they strike. 8. Never go down to the beach to watch for a tsunami; when you can see the wave you are too close to escape it. 9. Sooner or later, tsunamis visit every coastline in the Pacific.
Page 21 - ... ship. What you do during and immediately after the tremor may make life-and-death differences for you, your family, and your neighbors. These rules will help you survive. During the shaking: 1. Don't panic. The motion is frightening but, unless it shakes something down on top of you, it is harmless. The earth does not yawn open, gulp down a neighborhood, and slam shut. Keep calm and ride it out. 2. If it catches you indoors, stay indoors. Take cover under a desk, table, bench, or in doorways,...
Page 15 - In Homes The basement offers the greatest safety. Seek shelter under sturdy furniture if possible. In homes without basements, take cover in the center part of the house, on the lowest floor, in a small room such as a closet or bathroom, or under sturdy furniture. Keep some windows open, but stay away from them!
Page 11 - ... to a hurricane warning if the storm continues along the coast. Hurricane watch: If the hurricane continues its advance and threatens coastal and inland regions, a hurricane watch is added to the advisory, covering a specified area and duration. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are a real possibility; it does not mean they are imminent. When a hurricane watch is issued, everyone in the area covered by the watch should listen for further advisories and be prepared to act quickly...
Page 29 - How strong these effects are depends on the size and type of the weapon; how far away the explosion is; the weather conditions (sunny or rainy, windy, or still); the terrain (whether the ground is flat or hilly); and the height of the explosion (high in the air, or near the ground).
Page 24 - A small tsunami at one beach can be a giant a few miles away. Don't let the modest size of one make you lose respect for all. 6.
Page 4 - If any of your electrical appliances are wet, first turn off the main power switch in your house, then unplug the wet appliance, dry it out, reconnect it, and finally, turn on the main power switch. (Caution: Don't do any of these things while you are wet or standing in water...
Page 12 - Your radio may be your only link with the world outside the hurricane, and emergency cooking facilities, lights, and flashlights will be essential if utilities are interrupted. Keep your car fueled. Service stations may be inoperable for several days after the storm strikes, due to flooding or interrupted electrical power. Stay at home, if it is sturdy and on high ground. If it is not, move to a designated shelter, and stay there until the storm is over. Remain indoors during the hurricane. Travel...
Page 12 - Garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture, and a number of other harmless items become missiles of destruction in hurricane winds. Anchor them or store them inside before the storm strikes. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils; your town's water supply may be contaminated by flooding or damaged by hurricane floods.

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