Stay safe when the ground shakes | Environment
It’s Earthquake Awareness Week in Mississippi and with DeSoto County’s proximity to the New Madrid Fault, it’s probably a good idea to take moment and learn to stay safe if the ground below your feet starts shaking.
Here are some tips from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency:
- Learn to drop, cover and hold on. Practice the drill at least twice a year with your family to drop under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to one leg of the table or desk.
- Pick a safe place in every room of your home, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
- Wait in your safe place until the shaking stops, then check to see if you are hurt. Be ready for additional earthquakes called “aftershocks.”
- Talk with your insurance agent. Different areas have different requirements for earthquake protection. Study locations of active faults, and if you are at risk, consider purchasing earthquake insurance.
- If you are in a car during an earthquake, stay in the car with your seatbelt fastened.
- If you are outside during an earthquake, stay outside. Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights and power lines. Crouch down and cover your head.
Photo courtesy Flickr user Marcin Wichary.