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Nationwide Earthquake Drill

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

CHARLESTON IS AT RISK OF A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE AND KNOWING WHAT TO DO COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

So, Today, Oct 18th at 10:18 am everyone on campus is asked to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!

This means get on the floor, get under a sturdy object if you can, if you can’t cover your head and move against an inside wall, and then hold on to whatever protection you have.

The drill will only last a minute and then you can resume your normal activity.

There won’t be an alarm sounded so it is up to YOU to participate!

 

Want to find out more about earthquakes in Charleston or see damage on campus from the 1886 earthquake?

Lecture: Why Shakeout? Earthquake Risk in Charleston: Thurs, Oct 18 @ 4pm in SSMB 129

College Earthquake Walking Tour: Thurs, Oct 18 @ 5pm (leaving from SSMB Atrium)

 

Earthquake safety myths:

1)      You should run outside!  NO, during an earthquake the majority of people are injured or killed by debris falling off the outside of buildings.  Also, during a bad earthquake the ground will be moving so much you will likely fall and hurt yourself.

2)      Move into a doorway.  Modern doorways are NO safer than anywhere else and with doors in them you are likely to just get hit by the door.

3)      You won’t have time to think about what to.   Yes, Earthquakes hit hard and fast and can be over in as little as 15 seconds.  There is no time to think about what to do.  Drills help you remember!