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The Statewide Earthquake Drill Will Take Place on Thursday, Oct. 17

September 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Events

UMattersEarthquakeDrill[The following was provided by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.]

September is designated as the “National Preparedness Month,” and we would like to notify all UMKC faculty, staff and students of next month’s historic event. Ten of the Central U.S. states will be participating in this exercise which claims to be the largest multi-state earthquake drill in Central U.S. history.

More that 1.1 million people are already registered to Drop, Cover, & Hold On! We will initiate the exercise at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013 by sending out a UMKC Alert! Emergency Mass Notification System message.

Participation is not mandatory and is fully at the discretion of individual faculty members with respect to classes and supervisors/managers with respect to staff. We recognize that the drill will be disruptive, but as a part of UMKC’s emergency planning it is highly recommended that participation occur where possible.

Why Participate?

Earth quakes can happen at any moment. We all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation.

What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to prepare and practice safe strategies during big earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage everyone to review emergency preparedness plans and supplies. And in order to prevent damage and injuries we can take this time to evaluate our residences to secure large items and furniture.

Earthquake Safety Tips:

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down–or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in the U.S. you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.

If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.

If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.

Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.

Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

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