The safety of our students, staff, and faculty is a key priority of UA -
Pulaski Tech, and earthquakes are one of our region’s significant safety
threats. UA - Pulaski Tech is in an area designated as a high earthquake risk,
the New Madrid Fault. Whether we live in earthquake country or may one day visit
an area where earthquakes are possible, we need to know how to protect ourselves
during earthquakes. Many of our out-of-state and international students may have
never experienced an earthquake and have had little to no earthquake
preparedness education. Some of us may know what to do, but have not practiced
how to protect ourselves since we were children.
Below are suggested resources and tips to protect yourself in case you are
ever in an earthquake.
Earthquake Safety Tips
During earthquake shaking, protect yourself from falling objects.
Drop where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you
from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if
- Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand.
- If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it.
- If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall.
- Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.
- Hold on until the shaking stops.
- Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your
shelter if it shifts.
- No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.
OR ADAPT FOR YOUR SITUATION:
If you have difficulty getting onto the ground, or cannot get back up again
without the help of a caregiver, then follow these suggestions:
- If you are in a recliner or bed: Cover your head and neck with your arms
or a pillow until the shaking stops.
- If you use a cane: Drop, Cover, and Hold On or sit on a chair, bed, etc.
and cover your head and neck with both hands. Keep your cane near you so it
can be used when the shaking stops.
- If you use a walker or wheelchair: Lock your wheels (if applicable). If
using a walker carefully get as low as possible. Bend over and COVER your
head/neck with your arms, a book, or a pillow. Then hold on until shaking
People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing:
Prior to an earthquake, identify and test multiple ways to receive warnings
and evacuation information.
People who are Blind or have Low Vision:
Earthquakes can cause items to fall and furniture to shift. Regular sound
clues may not be available afterwards. Move with caution.
People with Developmental/Cognitive/Intellectual Disabilities:
If you have difficulty understanding, remembering, or learning, keep a simple
list of what to do and important information with you and in your kits. Practice
your plan in advance. If you use augmentative communication supports, include
these in your planning.
Additional Disaster Preparedness Suggestions:
- Develop or update your individual and family plans, including your
communication plans and important contacts.
- Make emergency go kits for your home, car, and office. Remember to make
kits for service animals and pets too. Store extra batteries and any needed
supplies in your kits.
- Label adaptive equipment or other devices with your contact information
in case they are separated from you.
- Create safe spaces by securing heavy furniture and other items that
could fall, injure you, or block your way out.
- Build a Personal Support Team (PST) to check on you in case you need
assistance. Include them in all phases of your planning.
- Get involved! Volunteer with your local Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT) or similar organizations in your area.
- If you live near or visit the beach, be aware of tsunami evacuation
routes and learn what to do to protect yourself. Practice tsunami
evacuations with your care provider or support team.
- Hold drills at home, work, and in your community regularly. Invite your
PST and care providers to join you.