posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 03:55 PM
My daughter just informed me that there will be an earthquake drill on her campus tomorrow. In fact, it's area wide. All schools, hospitals, and
factories are supposed to take part in the "Drop, Cover and Hold On". This is the first time we have ever had this type of exercise. No one knows
exactly what time of day it will happen.
This isn't the TN site, but here is some info I found:
Drop, Cover and Hold On
In MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you: DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquakes knocks you
down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary. COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if
possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying
furniture that won't fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands. HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck)
until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
(I guess it's better than "Stick your head between your legs and kiss your butt goodbye.")
We are about six hours east of Memphis, TN. There is a small fault in Knoxville, TN as well, which is about an hour and a half away from us, but it's
never produced a large quake. Then there is the one in South Carolina that took out Charleston in 1886.
More information for those interested:
New Madrid Zone
ABC article on Little Known Fault Lines
East TN Earthquakes
Great Charleston Earthquake
Is anyone else having this drill tomorrow? Does anyone know if this is related to the big FEMA drill on the New Madrid. It's all over the radio
today. It was surreal. We have tornado drills, but never had an earthquake drill. In fact, earthquakes are the farthest thing from people's minds in