It is time to prepare for the New Madrid Fault earthquake that we Tennesseans have been warned about since birth. Earthquakes are not typically thought of as a natural disaster that one can prepare for. But there are certainly things that you can do to try and mitigate the danger you face when facing down an earthquake.
Before the Quake
- You should create an earthquake readiness plan.
- Include evacuation plans, as well as synchronized methods of communication so that you and your loved ones know how to check on each other if you’re separated.
- Keep a supply of canned foods, a first aid kit, enough water for all who reside in your home and battery operated radios and flashlights.
During an Earthquake
- Turn off gas and water mains should you have the chance and warning.
- Take cover in a place where nothing can fall on you-bonus points if you have a safe structure to get beneath.
- Keep away from windows and doors.
- Stay inside until all the shaking has subsided.
- If you’re outside, find a place away from trees and structures that could fall on you.
- If you are driving, find a safe place to park.
Call AmeriAgency at 615-209-9362 for earthquake coverage and advice.