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 nearby.
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:
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:
Police and Public Safety Resources