Are You Prepared for Earthquakes?

If the earth starts shaking, rattling and rolling, how would you respond?

When it comes to being prepared for the unexpected, do you know how to protect yourself in an earthquake? You can keep these tips from ready.gov in mind to stay safe and protected.    

For example, Oklahoma experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 3. People from Texas to South Dakota felt the quake. It was the single largest earthquake in Oklahoma’s history.

If you are outdoors when an earthquake begins:

Move to a clear area if you can safely do so. Avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles and other potential hazards. 

If you are driving when an earthquake begins:

Pull over to the side of the road, stop and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other things that could fall on your car. Stay inside your car until the shaking is over. If a power line falls on your car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

If you are in a building when an earthquake begins:

  • DROP to the ground
  • TAKE COVER by under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops

Remember, earthquakes can wreak a lot of damage over a broad area. The two best ways to prepare are to have an emergency plan and assemble an emergency supply kit. When you prepare ahead, responding to any emergency, including earthquakes, can become second nature. Be sure to share your emergency plan with your friends and family so that they can reach you in an emergency. 

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