|Preparing to Be Safe with the "Great ShakeOut"|
For Release: February 3, 2013
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815
Safe Electricity Share Tips for Avoiding Hazards Following Earthquakes
(SPRINGFIELD, ILL.)—On Thursday, February 7, people at businesses, schools and organizations across the Central United States will participate in an earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. CST. The drill is part of the Great ShakeOut Central U.S., which promotes earthquake awareness and preparedness. Safe Electricity also wants you to be aware of electrical and natural gas hazards that can follow an earthquake and know how to stay safe from them.
The states in the Great ShakeOut include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. All nine states could feel tremors from an earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, and most could feel the effects of a quake in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is responsible for three of the 10 most powerful earthquakes in the contiguous U.S.
Experts at the Great ShakeOut recommend that when you feel the earth shake, the first thing you should do is drop—get down on your hands and knees. Secondly, cover your head, neck, and, if possible, your entire body by getting underneath sturdy furniture. Only if there is no sturdy furniture nearby to take shelter under, then you should get down near an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that will not fall on you, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands. Then, hold on to the piece of sturdy furniture (or if there is no sturdy furniture, your head and neck) until the shaking stops.
“Earthquakes are terrifying and devastating events,” says Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. “Unfortunately, the danger is not over when the shaking stops. Communities are still vulnerable to explosions, fires and electrical accidents. Understanding these hazards can be a matter of life or death in such a situation.”
When the earthquake stops, Safe Electricity has some additional safety tips for you to keep in mind:
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