Condo Living: What To Do In Case of An Earthquake

When you are living in a condominium, one of your biggest concerns is what to do during an earthquake. You see, unlike other types of residential areas where you can just easily step out and immediately be cleared of the house or apartment, condominiums have an additional complication which is height. Because of this, it will not be easy for residents to exit the building especially if they are occupying units at the very top.

Despite being prone to earthquakes, this does not mean that you should not purchase a condominium in Pasig simply because of this problem. All Philippine real estate properties are at high risk of earthquakes because of the location of the country which is on the Pacific ring of fire. What is important is to be aware of the risks and to be prepared. To address such problems, here are some tips that you might find helpful.

Be calm and assess the situation carefully.
Panic is the last thing you need during an emergency situation like in the event of an earthquake. Your primary response should be to stay calm and properly assess the situation.
Normally, you need to find a sturdy cover against falling debris, so orient yourself and your family beforehand of places in the condo where such covers exist. Also, if you can grab a helmet, then do so. This provides additional protection to the head against falling debris and prevents you from getting knocked unconscious.

At the same time, you also need to evaluate your unit’s condition during the event. Should collapse prove to be imminent, then forget about seeking cover. Get to the nearest exit as soon as possible, but stay away from the lift and the possible collapsing structures.

Grab a phone.
Calling someone on your mobile is not going to protect you from falling debris. However, it can certainly help you get rescued should the building itself collapse and you end up getting trapped in the rubble.

Grab a phone on your way to find cover, but don’t use it during the event itself. It’s going to dull your senses and your decision-making if you get distracted so just keep it hidden in your body (but within reach).

Keep a rope or rope ladder with you.
If possible, always have a rope or rope ladder in the unit at all times. They are easy to store and very quick to take out so they will provide you with an immediate alternative route of escape especially if collapse is imminent. Remember though that you should do this only when you’re sure that the structures won’t hold. After all, the safest thing to do during an earthquake is still to stay covered inside the unit. Technically, you can get out any time after the tremors have stopped.