Thursday, April 21, 2016

Drop, Cover & Hold On!

What should you do during an earthquake? 
Drop, cover and hold on! 

Today is The Great Utah Shakeout. This is a great opportunity to practice your earthquake preparedness skills.
Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect lives during earthquakes: 
  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and 
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.
These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as described in Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions. 
When an earthquake strikes, try not to move, but protect yourself where you are. Studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations. Do not get in a doorway; do not run outside; and do not believe in the "triangle of life".

Check out this great video to learn more about what to do during an earthquake, whether you are at home, at the store, in the mountains, or anywhere. You never know when this knowledge could save your life!

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