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Get ready for the Great American ShakeOut!
Posted October 7, 2015

Get ready, Walters State! The Great American Shake-out is coming Oct. 15!

Walters State will be joining other colleges across Tennessee and the central United States in one of the largest earthquake drills in American history. 

At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, all campuses will participate in an earthquake drill. The Emergency Message system will be activated during this drill. This drill will take place across all campuses.
What do you do in the event of an earthquake? Drop, cover and hold on!

If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps. Drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a desk or table. Hold on until the shaking stops. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit. 

If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, street lights and power lines. Then drop, cover and, if possible, hold on! If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay with your seatbelt fastened. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and turn to a local radio station for information.

Keep in mind that few injuries are caused from the actual shaking of the earth. Instead, most deaths and injuries are caused by collapsing walls and roofs and flying glass. 

Earthquakes don’t just happen in California!

In the past 25 years, scientist have learned that strong earthquakes in this part of the country are not freak events. The New Madrid Seismic Zone covers much of the state. A series of earthquakes in 1811-1812 created Reelfoot Lake near Memphis. The quakes also changed the geographical landscape of three states. A major earthquake occurred on this same fault in 1976. The quake was felt over 174,000 square miles and caused power outages, downed telephone lines, broken windows and roof damage. Scientists tell us there is a 7-10 percent probability that a quake of magnitude 7.0 on the seismic scale will occur in this region within the next 50 years. The probability of a quake of magnitude 6.0 or greater occurring during the same period is between 28-46 percent. The fault line is very active, with an average of 200 earthquakes a year with most being too small to be felt. 

Don't Do This!

Don’t run outside or to other rooms during shaking. Don’t stand in a doorway. If you’ve received a “triangle of life” e-mail, ignore the advice given. The Drop, Cover and Hold On response was formed after decades of feedback from scientists, safety experts and rescue teams. Do not stand beside furniture. Get under furniture, for there’s a good chance the furniture will protect you. Do not move out of a building during shaking and do not get out of your car during shaking.

Join us for the Great American Shake-out on Oct. 15. Practice the right thing to do…it could save your life!

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