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February is Earthquake Preparedness Month

February is Earthquake Preparedness Month. According to the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, earthquakes continue to occur on a daily basis in the central United States, with nearly 2000 small tremors each year. Southern 7 Health Department is encouraging everyone to follow these simple steps from www.ready.gov to keep themselves and their families safe.

Start by being prepared for after an earthquake. Create a family emergency communications plan that includes an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated. And make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for several says, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Once you are safe, pay attention to local news reports from emergency information and instructions via battery-operated radio, TV, social media,etc.

Next practice with your family what to do during an earthquake. When the ground starts to shake protect yourself right away; if your in a car pull over, stop and set the parking break, if your in bed turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow, drop cover and hold on is the best way to stay safe with earthquakes.

For more information on earthquake preparedness contact Bobi Cavins at Southern 7 Health Department at 618-634-2297.

Brandon Jones is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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