Talk with every member in the family about how we can protect ourselves and evacuate after an earthquake. For example, places to meet up if it is risky to come home; and methods of contacting with each other after the earthquake.
Agree on the place to meet up after the earthquake
As residence can be damaged by the shaking and become risk, it is suggested to leave the residence after the earthquake for safety concerns.
Talk with your family about this issue first and where to meet up after the earthquake. For example, a park, square, vacant place or evacuation site nearby your residence.
Check evacuation sites and paths
All municipal, county and city governments have drawn a simple evacuation map for villages and neighborhoods. The said maps can be checked on the official website of National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior.
Check the location and contact number of your nearby evacuation site. Study the evacuation direction and safe paths beforehand.
You can also log in “Bear EMIC”, a customized disaster prevention system established by National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior (https://bear.emic.gov.tw); and go to “Disaster Prevention and Preparedness > Family Emergency Card” to set your “Evacuation Sites”. Then you will see your evacuation site in the map and, when an evacuation is needed, the system will guide you to the evacuation site with the shortest and safest path without passing through disaster-affected areas.
Agree on post-disaster contact methods with your family
After the earthquake, communications can be interrupted or telephone line can be congested, resulting in the difficulty of contacting your family. Therefore, it is suggested to discuss and agree on a number of contact methods with your family members beforehand to ensure you will be able to contact each other.
To prevent the congestion of telephone lines, SMS or instant messaging software are suggested for your contacts with relatives and friends. This will help to lessen the burdens of telephone network.
By entering “1991 Safety Bulletin Board” established by National Fire Emergency, Ministry of the Interior, you can set up your emergency contact person and the number thereof, or leave a message accordingly.
After a large-size earthquake, you can also use the “Safety Status Checking System for Relatives and Friends in Disaster-Affected Areas” established by National Fire Emergency, Ministry of the Interior. This online platform allows you to provide information on the current status of you and your relatives or friends, so that your other relatives and friends can check your safety status. The system is also integrated with the government’s evacuation, shelter, casualty and injury lists; and is synchronously connected to the “1991 Safety Bulletin Board” to provide an integral disaster prevention approach.
You can also log in “Bear EMIC”, a customized disaster prevention system established by National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior (https://bear.emic.gov.tw); and go to “Disaster Prevention and Preparedness > Family Emergency Card” to enter the agreed meet-up location and emergency contract information. Then you will be able to immediately send a message to your family using the system’s preset text after the earthquake.