Drop, Cover, and Hold On

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Lizzy Warner demonstrates seeking cover under a table during an earthquake.  Photo by Crystal Snow

Lizzy Warner demonstrates seeking cover under a table during an earthquake. Photo by Crystal Snow

Happy April Badgers. Just a few campus safety things coming up in the next few weeks that Bob Wright wants to make sure you are aware of. First is the Great Utah Shake Out on April 17. It starts at 10:15 a.m. Make sure to listen for the siren.

When you do hear the siren, the website for the Shake Out gives a few guidelines to follow, depending on where you are as far as inside or outside a building.

If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:

DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in Utah 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 might have been damaged.

One other thing to keep in mind when it comes to earthquakes, they say, is that most injuries do not occur because of the ground shaking. The website says, “Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are casued by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects.”

The second is the anthrax epidemic simulation on April 21. Wright would like as many students to show up as possible. He said that it won’t take more than 15-30 minutes to get through the entire thing, and there is a treat afterward. It is open to students from 3:00-4:30 P.M.  in the GSC.

Make sure you remember April 17 and 21 are important dates that will be beneficial to participate in.

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