Since the earthquake and more devastating tsunami that has resulted, there has been a lot of talk about taking appropriate preventative measures and being prepared for an earthquake and tsunami. However, in most cases the focus has been on what to do after the earthquake so as not to repeat the loss of life suffered in the tsunami due to the many factors already discussed on this forum and elsewhere. However, my question is: What do we do during an earthquake?
Many places I have researched mention applying the plan "Francisca Cooper" (named for a young chilean woman who died in the tsunami in indonesia), though I think even this actually refers to preventative measures regarding a tsunami, but I cannot confirm because all I have found is a mention of the plan, not what the actual plan is. of course.
My main question is - what's the thinking - duck and cover, or triangle of life?
Triangle of life (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_of_life
) makes sense to me (as explained here) but ONEMI seems to be recommending duck and cover (http://www.onemi.cl/Quehaceren.html
). Given that I have 3 kids at school, I really would like to know what the current thinking is, and make sure my kids' school is implementing the right, safest procedure.
As I see it - triangle of life is deemed to be more applicable in a situation where the building could possibly collapse. But, if the building is sturdy and you can get under some sturdy furniture then you are protected from smaller (but potentially fatal) falling objects. Question is - how can I be sure the building won't collapse??? Recent evidence shows that Chilean building codes are excellent in this regard, except when they aren't.
Any thoughts? Please chime in...
Home schooling is looking good