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In an indoor space after the earthquake (the building is possibly damaged)

If post-earthquake damages are found in your property (ex. a strange noise from your property, air release sound, cracked wall or ceiling, pre-existed cracks are enlarged and so on), please switch off the fire and power first and then, together with your emergency evacuation kit and necessary objects, go to the evacuation site on which you have agreed with your family prior to the disaster. For example, the nearby park, square, vacant land or emergency shelter. These are important steps to ensure your own safety!
You can log in the customized disaster prevention system “Bear EMIC” (https://bear.emic.gov.tw) established by National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior to acquire geographic information (ex. the establishment of emergency shelter and paths thereto) therefrom.
  • As gas leak cannot be instantly confirmed, please avoid switching on your electric appliances or igniting a lighter for lighting. When lighting is needed, please use a safety flashlight or emergency light. 
When leaving the scene, please call your family and assist them to leave the damaged property. If the conditions allowed, please also help your neighbors who have difficulty to move to evacuate from the scene!
  • If you are in a high-rise building and the fire alarm rings after the earthquake, please evacuate by the stairs and to the first floor. 
  • Do not take the elevator during your evacuation. As the building structure may be damaged and power may be interrupted after the earthquake, you may be stuck in an elevator or suffer from other risks if you take the elevator downstairs. 
Assist wheelchair or crutch users to evacuate (Note)
1. Wheelchair: Whether you start or stop to move or change the direction, it is a must to inform the wheelchair user first and do your best to put on a seat belt. When moving downslope or downstairs, please turn the wheelchair around, keep your body's center of gravity close to the wheelchair, and move backwards slowly. This not only prevents the wheelchair from tilting backwards, but also reduce risks involved therein and lessen wheelchair users’ fear. Please do not lift the wheelchair. If it is needed, please do so in a group of three or four to ensure the safety of wheelchair user.
2. Crutch: Please ask the crutch user how to help them and move according to their speed. Please to select the path that requires the least steps and does not have an uneven surface or big gap.
3. As physically handicapped people are heavily dependent on aids, please ask their emergency contact person not to separate the aids therefrom.
4. Where the wheelchair cannot be used due to environmental restrictions, please negotiate with the handicapped people to know about how to help them. Upon their consent, help the handicapped people to leave the wheelchair and evacuate using a stretcher or other methods.
Notes: Cited from “Perpetual Calendar for Physically Handicapped People” published by National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR).
Last Updated2020-12-18 HOME
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