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Are we ready to face an earthquake?

Earthquakes are becoming more frequent by the day - the most recent one took us all by surprise on January 4. Experts have warned us that Bangladesh is under the risk of a major earthquake.  But how many of us know about the safety measures to be followed in the face of such a calamity?
Families should discuss and decide on an emergency plan, and prepare an emergency kit including first aid equipment, food, water and other necessary items. It is also wise to keep printouts and photocopies of all family members' pictures, which can be used if you get separated. If an earthquake occurs, take cover underneath a strong table or desk, especially protecting the head, neck, and chest regions.
These are just some basic precautionary measures. In the meantime, the government and medical institutions should prepare strategies to deal with the repercussions of this imminent disaster.

Mir Abdul Alim
Dhaka

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