Although Singapore is a city-state which is less prone to earthquakes because it’s not located on a plate boundary, neighboring boundaries may still affect the country in the event of a big tremor. For one, a very powerful quake can swing Singapore’s tall buildings and skyscrapers. With this unfortunate event likely to happen out of the blue, this puts all residents at risk.

It becomes imperative, then, for us to be aware of what to do during an earthquake. Vigilance is something we must all practice and exercise. Sure, we may find ourselves in panic and hysteria in times of distress — but awareness of what you should do may just secure you a ticket into survival and less to almost no casualty.

• If you are on an upper story of a building during an earthquake, do not attempt to leave the building while the tremor is ongoing.
Traversing a building and its surroundings in the midst of a quake is a terrible idea. Debris may fall upon you and injure you further compared to staying still in the place where you are and finding a material to help you duck, cover, and hold. It is not advisable to move around too much in the event of a quake because…

• Running or walking around when a quake is going on is very dangerous.
Since the ground is moving, the unstable floor may prompt you to lose balance and tumble over. With lots of debris that may fall upon you, being on the move may just land you more injuries. Traversing as little as possible while there is an earthquake significantly reduces your odds of risking your life to the many dangers around.

• Remember to duck, cover, and hold.
These are the three words you must keep in mind when there’s an earthquake happening: duck, cover, and hold. Finding cover to shield yourself is one guaranteed way to protect yourself from the dangers of falling debris. It has been found out that falling debris is the source of most injuries during a quake, hence it is imperative to protect yourself from getting hit.

• Generally, earthquakes do not last long.
Even when you are on your heightened survival mode, chances are you won’t be fast enough to leave the building you are in during a quake — especially when the floor is unpredictably shaking and debris are falling onto you. Instead of attempting to make it all the way out, find cover instead.

• Debris may fall outside, as well.
This is the reason why leaving the building when there’s a tremor going on doesn’t guarantee you utmost safety. Outdoor façade materials, like glass and bricks, may also fall outside during an earthquake. Accordingly, keep yourself sheltered and brace for any possible aftershocks.