South Africa on Tsunami watch

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My first reaction when I first heard the news was a blank stare. Of course I realise that we have two oceans on our coasts but I never really thought we'd be put on a tsunami  (cause by an earthquake) watch list — I'm certain that's the same thing people in places that have been hit like Haiti, Japan and Thailand feel. It's not that we don't intellectualise the geographical possibilities, it's that nobody wants to believe that such a thing could happen to their country. Though I am happy the warning has be lifted the question sill stands: What's the safety protocol during times like these?

 Expect a lot of links in this post as I don't know any thing about what I'll be discussing  today — I'm just a girl from the south of Johannesburg and though we've had our own problems I'm really not an expert. I might not find all the answers on the internet at the writing of this post (I'm also shocked but Google can't give us information that others haven't put online) so if you have more tips to add that I didn't include, then please send them through. Share with the rest of the class.

This website has quite a lot of information on what to do while an earthquake is said to be on the way, yes if running is not an option try these tips. Build a survival/emergency kit, which should include:

  1. food;
  2. water;
  3. medical supplies you may need (life jackets, band aids, and other essential medicine you may need.);
  4. and a battery powered radio to help you keep up with updates.
An emergency kit is important because when a full scale disaster like this one happens, rescue workers can't reach everyone all at once. Your kit will need a lifespan of 72 hour at the very least.
A prevalent and important step on the guide is tying everything down household items and fittings. Fasten built-in cupboards, put heavy objects on low shelves and re-screw and tighten chandeliers and lightbulb holders. These objects could cause a lot of damage  during and post the tremors.
Another step that was highlighted that most might overlook is practicing the drill. Drop,  duck for cover and hold on. Nothing beats being prepared and organised.
Go here and here for more tips and hints. Here is one guideline that addresses Tsunamis.

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