11 Earthquake Safety Tips Straight From The Wu-Tang Clan

Earthquake plans ain’t nothing to fuck with. Actual safety tips courtesy of ready.gov/earthquakes.

1. If you’re in bed when an earthquake strikes, stay there. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow.

“You best protect your neck / You best protect your neck / You best protect your neck. You best protect your neck.” — RZA, “Protect Ya Neck”

2. Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.

“Yo somethin in the street went, bang bang / Makin’ it hard for you to do your thang thang.” — Capadonna, “Careful (Click Click”)

3. Many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection.

“The 9th chamber, leave you trapped inside my hallway / You try to flee but you got smoked up by the doorway.” — Raekwon, “Criminology”

4. Drop to the ground and take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture.

“Take cover kid, what?” — Capadonna, “Triumph”

5. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

“And the survey said, you’re dead / Fatal flying guillotine chops off your fucking head.” — RZA, “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit”

6. DO NOT use the elevators.

“Picture bloodbaths and elevator shafts.” — GZA, “Duel of the Iron Mic”

7. Help injured or trapped persons.

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“Just consider the unparallel advantage / Of a natural disaster that’s impossible to manage.” — RZA, “Reunited”

8. If trapped under debris, do not light a match.

“Struck a match to the underground, industry ignited” — GZA, “Reunited”

9. If trapped under debris, cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

“Spray places, cover faces, beat cases / A big mouth will get your teeth knocked the fuck out.” — Masta Killa, “Watch Your Mouth”

10. Expect aftershocks.

“Just like rocking what? Twin Glocks! / Shake the ground while my beats just break you down.” — Raekwon, “Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber”

11. Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.

“E with the English, extinguish styles extremist” — Ghostface, “Gravel Pit”

12. Subscribe to the Wu-Tang Earthquake Safety playlist:

“Survival got me buggin, but I’m alive on arrival.” — Inspectah Deck, “C.R.E.A.M.” (Remember to inspect your deck after a quake.)

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