The Ghana Institute of Safety and Environmental Professionals (GhISEP), a non-governmental organisation, has asked inhabitants of earthquake-prone areas in the country to shield their head and neck with their arms and crawl as far as they can from falling objects in the event of a serious earth tremor or quake.
The NGO also advised people to hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
Ghana’s capital has been rocked by four separate tremor events in the past two years. The most recent one occurred on Saturday, 2 March 2019. It affected areas such as Kasoa, Weija-Gbewaa, McCarthy Hills, Bortianor, Anyaa among others.
A statement signed by the president of GhISEP said: “The Ghana Institute of Safety and Environmental Professionals (GhISEP), as the leading professional body for safety, occupational health and environmental professionals/practitioners in Ghana, has observed with worry the recent incidents of earth tremors, especially in Accra owing to reported cases of active fault lines.
“We take notice of the recent simulation exercises of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in association with some of the security agencies in readiness of potential hazards. However, we wish to call on NADMO to create opportunities to increase public awareness on what to expect and can do to minimise the effect of an earthquake in the unlikely event of it happening.
“While we remain expectant of NADMO’s leadership role, GhISEP wishes to advise that earthquakes can happen without any warning; they can cause fires and damage to roads as well as trigger landslides in our part of the world.”