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Checklists and tips for preparing for Great Utah ShakeOut, natural disasters

Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 1:35 p.m. MDT

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Ravell Call, Deseret News
An earthquake could happen any time without warning. You could be at work, home, school or shopping. Do you know what to do?

If you are in your car, it’s best to pull over to the side of the road away from bridges, overpasses and tunnels. Turn on your car’s radio to listen for emergency information.

If you are not driving, it’s best to drop to the ground when shaking starts. Otherwise, an earthquake can knock you to the ground. We often hear stories of people who are injured because they thought they could run to shelter in a quake. Drop to the ground and crawl to a safe location. It’s much easier than separating your shoulder when you fall down.

Take cover under something sturdy, such as a table or desk and hold on so it doesn’t shake away from you. If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head with pillows.

Statistically, you are much safer by following drop, cover, hold on than any other earthquake action. This method protects you from things, including non-structural parts of your home falling on you.

Remember to expect aftershocks, which can be nearly as large as the main quake.
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