1. Be aware if your Camp is being held in an area where an earthquake fault exists.
If there is any risk to the Camp of an earthquake due to its location, an emergency kit and chicklist should
be prepared and must contain:
i. Portable radio and torch with fresh batteries
ii. Candles, matches and containers of drinking water
iii. A first aid kit and basic first aid knowledge
iv. List of all attendees and their photos where possible.
2. The following have been identified as early warning signs of an impending earthquake:
i. Erratic animal behaviour
– scared, confused pets running about or bird calls not normally heard at that time of day or night
ii. Ground water levels
– watch for sudden water levels
3. Camp leaders should be briefed as to safe areas during an earthquake:
i. For people indoors:
a. Stay indoors so you are clear of falling debris outside
b. Keep clear of windows, chimneys and overhead fittings.
c. Shelter under and hold a door frame, table, bench etc.
ii. For people outdoors:
keep well clear of buildings, overhead structures, walls, bridges , power lines, trees etc.
iii. For people in vehicles:
a. Stop in an open area until the shaking stops
b. Beware of ‘downed’ power lines and road damage including overpasses and bridges.
c. Listen to your car radio for warnings before continuing your journey.
4. Following an earthquake:
i. Ensure that electricity, gas and water are switched off
a. As you will not know if any leakages are occurring
b. Do NOT light any matches until you have checked for gas and fuel leaks
ii. Check for injuries but do NOT move the seriously injured unless in immediate danger.
iii. Check for broken water, sewerage or electrical mains.
iv. Phone usage should be kept to a minimum to reduce overload of the network.This does NOT apply, of course, if there is a seriously injured person or if there is some other emergency.
v. Confirm any damage to the Campsite buildings and avoid using those buildings until declared safe.
vi. Avoid driving unless for emergency – ie. keep the streets free for Emergency Services.
vii. Do not go sight-seeing or enter damaged buildings as you run the risk of shifting loose ground or becoming trapped in the area affected by after shocks.