Prioritize personnal safety.
- Earthquake-related injuries often come from falling objects, tumbling debris, or rubble. Stay away from power lines, trees, streetlights, and overpasses. Find shelter inside your house or nearby building unitl the shaking stops. Stay away from windows, hanging light fixtures, and unsecured furniture. Take cover under a sturdy table or desk. Focus on protecting your head and neck.
Protection through planning.
- Identify a safe place where family members can take shelter. Hold periodic earthquake drills. Secure heavy, freestanding objects like the water heater, mirrors, and hanging lights to the wall or ceiling. Know how to shut off electricity, gas, and water lines.
Great Central U.S. Shakeout.
- Residents interested in earthquake preparedness can participate in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout next month. The Great Shakeout is a collaborative effort of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the United States Geological Survey, and others to promote earthquake safety. Particpants are encouraged to practice the 'drop, cover, and hold' technique at 10:20 a.m. on October 20th. Go to www.shakeout.org for more information or to register for this event.