TIPS: Preparing for an earthquake in Arkansas


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV/ADEM) – This week is Earthquake Preparedness Week in Arkansas, which Gov. Mike Beebe declared as Feb. 11 – 14 this year.

This week comes as a reminder to be ready for earthquakes, after a series of major earthquakes struck the Mississippi River Valley along the New Madrid Seismic Zone more than 200 years ago.

While Arkansas’ largest threat occurs in an area known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, earthquakes can happen anywhere in the Natural State. The New Madrid Seismic Zone includes portions of Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. This is where our largest earthquake, of a magnitude 7.7 occurred in 1811.

“Preparation is the key to minimizing deaths, injuries, property damage and economic loss before a disaster occurs,” said Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management Director David Maxwell. “While Arkansans know the threat of tornadoes, floods and ice storms, it is important to remember that earthquakes pose a significant threat as well. Unlike the other threats, earthquakes cannot be predicted. This is why it is important to be even more vigilant about the earthquake threat.”

In addition to making a disaster supply kit and having a family emergency plan, ADEM encourages citizens to do the following to prepare for an earthquake:

Learn to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!

  • 1. DROP to the floor. 
  • 2. Take COVER under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. 
  • 3. HOLD ON until the shaking stops. 
  • Practice the drill at least twice a year with your family. 
  • • Pick a safe place in every room of your home, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you. 
  • • Anchor heavy objects and potential falling hazards (bookcases, wall units, mirrors, cabinets, etc.). 
  • • Talk with your insurance agent. Different areas have different requirements for earthquake protection. Study locations of active faults, and if you are at risk, consider purchasing earthquake insurance. 
  • • Sign up for Earthquake Notifications Register at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and learn about other products and services that USGS offers:

Additional information is available from the Arkansas Geological Survey at , the Arkansas Governor’s Earthquake Advisory Group at , and the Central United States Earthquake Consortium at .

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Updated: February 11, 2014 — 8:46 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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