Earthquake Safety
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    Waikoloa Village, HI., October 24, 2006 - Waikoloa Elementary School classroom was shaken as a result of the October 15 earthquake. This classroom was one of nine damaged at the school. Patricia Brach/FEMA

    Calexico, CA, April 6, 2010 -- A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the city on Easter Sunday leaving many facilities, roads, and public buildings closed, and heavily damaged. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA

    DROP, COVER, HOLD! (Missouri Safe Schools Newsletter, May 2010)
    The correct procedure for schools to follow in response to ground shaking is “drop, cover, hold”: drop down on hands and knees, cover your head and neck under a sturdy table or desk (if close by), and hold on to your table or desk leg. Over the past several years, many of you have contacted the Missouri Center for Safe Schools regarding an e-mail promoting the “triangle of life” in lieu of “drop, cover, hold.” In the August 2007 edition of this newsletter, available on the Center’s website, we presented the research of Eric Holdeman, King County Office of Emergency Management in the State of Washington supporting “drop, cover, hold” over “triangle of life.” Steve Besemer, Missouri’s Earthquake Program Manager at the State Emergency Management Agency, points out that the Southern California Earthquake Center has some excellent information supporting “drop, cover, hold” and refuting “triangle of life.” For more information: Southern California Earthquake Center

    Chapman, KS, June 12, 2008 -- Windows are shattered and the roof is stripped from the Chapman Elementary school after a June 11 F-3 tornado ripped through town. The tornado also leveled the school administration building, high school and middle school. Photo by Anita Westervelt/FEMA

    Tornado Safety

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    Nature"s Most Violent Storms

    More Information: Tornado Preparedness 


    Preventing Auto-Related Crime and Personal Safety Tips

    Preventing Auto-Related Crime

    • Use a "club" or other steering wheel device.
    • Try to park your car in a well-lit area.
    • Check in, around and under your vehicle for suspicious persons before entering.
    • Lock all doors after entering your vehicle.

    Personal Safety Tips

    • Trust Your Intuition. If you feel threatened or something doesn"t feel right, take action immediately.
    • Pay close attention to your surroundings.
    • Know safe places in the areas where you live, work and play.
    • Don’t let strangers get too close to you, even if they seem to have a reason.