Stay Safe During Earthquakes
Earthquakes can occur anywhere, at any time and with little warning. Larger earthquakes can cause death, injury, and extensive property damage. Most injuries occur when people trip or fall running away during the earthquake.Stay safe during an earthquake by following these steps:
DROP down onto your hands and knees so you aren’t knocked down by the earthquake;
COVER your head and neck with your arms to protect yourself from falling debris. If you are in danger from falling objects, move to a safer place by crawling; and
HOLD ON to any sturdy covering so you can move with it until the shaking stops.
Earthquakes aren’t preventable, but personal injury can be! Learn more about earthquake safety in theHow to Prepare for an Earthquake guide and animated video from America’s PrepareAthon! You can also view hashtag #DropCoverHoldOn to see the earthquake preparednessconversation from @ShakeOut during their Twitter chat held on August 12, 2015. This Twitter chat is part of a 7-week series of dialogues promoting Earthquake Country Alliance’s Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.
There are just two more Twitter chats left in the series! Be sure to join @ShakeOut at 11 AM PT/ 2 PM ET for the following conversations:
August 19: Improve Safety
August 26: Reconnect And Restore
Get the Heat Safety Social Media Toolkit
Don’t let the dog days of summer get you down! Learn how to beat the heat by following tips provided in the Heat Safety Social Media Toolkit. The Ready Campaign and America’s PrepareAthon! developed heat safety messages to share on your social media networks. You can also adapt the social media content to fit your community’s needs.
Get started today! Here are some things you can do to promote heat safety:
Download the Heat Safety Social Media Toolkit and graphics. They are the last two items listed on the 2015 Seasonal Social Media Toolkits page of the FEMA documents library;
Update your Facebook cover with a heat safety graphic; and
Use the hashtags: #BeatTheHeat, #HeatSafety, #SummerSafety; and attach a graphic from the toolkit.
Organizing Community Preparedness Activities
We all have a role in preparing our communities for disasters, and organizing a community preparedness activity is one way to get started. The Ready Campaign identifies five steps along with valuable resources for making your community safer, more resilient, and better prepared:
Identify Local Partners. Look for programs that are already doing good work such as Citizen Corps Councils and Community Emergency Response Teams;
Build a Team. Citizen Corps Council meetings are a valuable tactic for recruiting volunteers;
Set Goals. Clear goals helps increase accountability;
Serve Your Community. Find out what your community is doing to prepare for emergencies; and
Celebrate Success. Thank your volunteersafter every event, and encourage them to sign up for the next activity.
Find out more information about each of these steps and start planning! When you complete your preparedness activity, be sure to add it to the America’s PrepareAthon! website so members of your team can be counted as participants in this national grassroots campaign for action to get people better prepared for emergencies.
School Emergency Planning
Are you a parent or caregiver of a school-aged child? Disasters can strike at any time, even during school hours. As a new school year begins, it’s important for you to know how your child’s school handles emergencies. The Ready Campaign suggests asking the following questions about your child’s school emergency plan:
How does the school plan on communicating with you in the event of a disaster?
Does the school store adequate water, food and other basic supplies?
Does the school have a plan for students to shelter in place?
If not, where will students go if they must evacuate?
You can never be too informed when it comes to school safety plans. Popular preparedness blogger, The Survival Mom, lists other questions you might want to ask, so be sure to check out her blog.
If your child’s school doesn’t have an emergency plan, consider volunteering to help create one. Parents and caregivers will be better prepared to safely reunite with their child if plans are made ahead of time.
“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Get ready for National Preparedness Month in September. Making and testing your plan is also one of the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!
Dates for Your Calendar!
Aug 16 – 19: 2015 Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Conference & Expo – Washington, DC
Sept 21 – 24: Washington State Emergency Management Association Joint Conference – Vancouver, WA
Sept 26: Family Safety and Preparedness Fair – Knoxville, TN
Sept 26 – Oct 2: National Safety Council Congress & Expo – Atlanta, GA