Good morning Simpson County residents. I am Robert Palmer. Director of the Simpson County Office of Emergency Management here with my February Preparedness message to discuss earthquakes
To prepare for an earthquake we continue to encourage the development of a disaster kit. This kit should have items you must have available for your survival and comfort after any disaster has struck. Main items will include medications, water, non-perishable food, cash, battery operated radio for news reports, clothing and a communications plan. Each person in a home should have their own kit and it should be located where it can be accessed in a hurry as your family evacuates. For assistance in disaster kit development you may contact our office.
An earthquake is the sudden, quick shaking of the earth. It is caused by rock breaking and moving under the ground. Additional earthquakes, known as aftershocks, can occur for hours, days, or even months after an earthquake. These are usually smaller than the first earthquake. However, they could cause more damage to structures weakened by the first earthquake.
So how should we respond to an earthquake? If you are outside, STAY THERE!! Move away from buildings, streetlights and wires and remain there until shaking stops. Be very cautious before reentry to any building ensuring it is safe to do so. If you are inside, remember to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Pretty easy huh? DROP to the ground, COVER your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book or whatever is available. Then HOLD ON and maintain your position with your head and neck covered until the shaking stops.
That is all the time I have for this month’s message. I want to remind you that at noon today we will activate the community outdoor warning sirens to test and exercise them as we do each month. If the siren in your neighborhood does not activate, please call my office at 270 586 1800 and report it.
My next preparedness message will be on March 2nd. Thank you and please have a safe month!