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    Default Warden message Oct 11 at 8:52 AM

    Oct 11 at 8:52 AM

    Message for U.S. Citizens

    Earthquakes and Emergency Preparedness!
    The U.S. Embassy in Managua informs U.S. citizens living, working and traveling in Nicaragua that on October 9, 2013 the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, INETER, declared a "technical alert" due to a series of low-intensity but shallow quakes occurring this month under Lake Managua. According to INETER the magnitudes of the quakes were recorded between 1.8 and 2.9 on the Richter scale, at depths of between zero and six kilometers. The temblors provide a timely reminder that we should all be prepared for a variety of natural disasters in Nicaragua by planning ahead.

    Emergency Planning for your family in an Emergency
    Nicaragua is prone to severe natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. Developing an emergency plan with your family and preparing your residence for such emergencies is essential. The intent of this notice is to assist U.S. citizens with preparing their family's emergency plan. The following suggestions are not meant to be exhaustive.

    Home Disaster Kits
    You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. An extensive list of suggested kit items can be found at<>. At a minimum, your emergency kit should include:
    - Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
    - A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food.
    - A first aid kit.
    - A battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
    - Prescription medicines and needs for special medical conditions.
    - Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers and other baby supplies.
    - Disposable cleaning cloths, such as "baby wipes" for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
    - Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
    - An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.


    Below are some basic steps to consider in preparing your family for an earthquake:
    - Choose a safe place in every room-under a sturdy table or desk or against an inside wall, preferably in the corner of the room, where nothing can fall on you.
    - Practice COVER AND HOLD ON at least twice a year. Drop under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm. If there is no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you. Teach children to COVER AND HOLD ON.
    - Prepare written instructions for how to turn off gas, electricity, and water if advised to do so.
    - Inform domestic staff, babysitters and caregivers of safe places in your residence and your earthquake plan.

    What to do when the shaking begins:
    - Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. If you are indoors, stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit the structure. Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to activate during a quake.
    - If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. If there are tall bookcases or other furniture items that could fall on you, move away from them.
    - If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
    - If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place (as described above). Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

    What to do after the shaking stops:
    - If trapped under debris, cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing, try not to move around and kick up dust, do not light matches or use a lighter, and tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting will bring harmful dust into your lungs and reduce your strength.
    - If ambulatory, check yourself for injuries. Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
    - Check others for injuries. Give first aid for serious injuries.
    - Look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards. Turn off the gas if you smell gas or think it is leaking.
    - Tune on your local radio and/or television for updates or check Nicaragua's national weather and geographical authority at<>.
    - Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one COVER AND HOLD ON!
    - Inspect your home for damage. Get everyone out if your home is unsafe.
    - Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies.

    Additional information regarding making your own earthquake kit can be found at:

    __________________________________________________ _______________________

    The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua. The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached during regular business hours at 011-505-2252-7100. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email at<>

    For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call 011-505-2252-7171 and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.

    General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104. Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment on-line In case of an emergency please call 2252-7100.

    For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's website<> and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' website<>, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for any country can be found. Country Specific Information for Nicaragua is available here: Nicaragua CSI<>

    The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review to "A Safe Trip Abroad<>", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes<> and the Android market<>, to have travel information at your fingertips.

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    Default Re: Warden message Oct 11 at 8:52 AM

    I found the most upbeat way to deal with the Sylmar quake was to stand in the doorway of our barracks and watch all the Kansans running down the hall screaming. Just my 2 cents worth.

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