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Great Central Shake: Out Earthquake Drill!

October 21, 2021 @ 10:21 am - 10:31 am

The Ozarks Technical Community College will be participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Thursday, 10-21-2021 at 10:21 AM

 The drill will be held OTC system-wide you are encouraged to discuss and practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On!  The drill should last no longer than 10 minutes.

 Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill?  So you can react quickly!  Everything takes practice.  You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down–or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

  • If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:
    • DROP to the ground,
    • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
    • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.  In most buildings in the U.S., you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.
  • If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that could have been damaged.

Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injuries. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass, and falling objects.  It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.

Look around you now, before an earthquake.  Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office, or school so when the shaking starts you can respond quickly.  An immediate response to move to a safe place can save lives, and that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

You can learn more about the Great ShakeOut at: http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/.

As always the Safety & Security Department appreciates your participation.


October 21, 2021
10:21 am - 10:31 am
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