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When you feel the first tremor, you should not leave the building you are in, do so only if you think you can go outside for about 10 seconds.

This is stated by the General Directorate "Fire Safety and Protection of the Population" (FGDPBZN) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the basic rules that can help citizens in the event of an earthquake, published on the department's website.

When an earthquake occurs, the safest place in the building should be taken - under the door frame, near an interior wall, column, under a stable table or bed.

The fire department points out that after the first vibrations, the rocking will intensify and you should keep your composure, do not go to the elevators and stairs.

According to the rules, if we are on the street, we must stay away from buildings and power lines.

In case we are driving, we should stop the vehicle in an open, safe place and wait.

If we are in public transport, it is recommended to wait for the end of the tremor in the vehicle.


- Turn off the electricity, gas and water.

- Take the prepared luggage and quickly leave the building.

- Take the stairs, don't use the elevator.

- Give preference to mothers with children and the elderly.

- After exiting the building, move away to an open place, at least a distance equal to the height of the nearest building.

- Do not stand under transmission lines, electric, tram and trolleybus networks.

- Give first aid if there are casualties around you.

- Mark the places where there are crowded people.

Please help if possible.

- Follow the information that will be broadcast on mass media and local radio stations.

Carry out the instructions of the authorities of the State Security Service of Ukraine - the Ministry of the Interior, the police and other competent authorities.  

- Respect public order.


- Wait for the broadcast of information about the subsidence of the earthquakes and the past danger.

- You can enter your apartment only after a basic inspection of the building and a check made by the competent authorities.

- Do not overload the phone lines with unnecessary phone calls, briefly inform your loved ones that you are alive and well.

- Maintain high personal hygiene and do not drink water from untested sources.

After an earthquake, there is a risk of epidemics.

- Crime increases during disasters, be careful, protect your property and report any irregularities.


- At home, you should have, placed in a convenient place, a flashlight, a bag for documents and especially valuable items, a first-aid kit with the medicines you need, warm clothes, a reserve of food and water.

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- Secure furniture at home securely and do not place heavy, easy-to-fall objects in high places.

- Store flammable substances and poisons in tightly closed containers.

- Leave the entrance to the home free and do not block it with objects.

- Think and determine the safest place in your home.

Keep in mind that in an earthquake, balconies, exterior walls, stairs and elevators are the most dangerous.

- Prepare a family action plan.

- Designate a contact person for family members who are outside your region.