NORTH LITTLE ROCK (ADEM) - Each year more than 200 earthquakes are recorded in the central United States. Most of these tremors occur in the New Madrid seismic zone, posing a potential threat to Arkansas and seven other states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
In response to the threat, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour have declared February 4th through the 8th earthquake awareness week in their states.
Preparation is the key to minimizing deaths, injuries, property damage, and economic loss. Talk with your insurance agent about the risks in your area according to the location of fault zones under your property.
You need to have a emergency kit with food, water, blankets and a battery-powered radio. Pick safe places in your home where take cover under a sturdy desk or table away from windows and furniture that could fall on you. These rules have been developed in the more active seismic areas found in the western United States, and are just as relevant for earthquakes in other parts of the country:
- Learn to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON! Practice the drill at least twice a year with your family of finding something study to crawl under and grab one leg of a table or desk to hang on.
- Pick a safe place in every room of your home.
- Wait in your safe place until the shaking has stopped, then check to see if you are hurt.
- Be ready for aftershocks
- If you are in a car during an earthquake, stay in the car with your seatbelts fastened.
- If you are outside during an earthquake, stay outside, but move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and powerlines.