While Alabama is not known for earthquakes like we are for tornadoes, they DO happen
Published: May 13, 2022
Earthquakes can happen anywhere at any time, and much of the United States has a moderate to high risk of these quakes. While Alabama is not known for earthquakes like we are for tornadoes, they DO happen. (Learn more about them at earthquaketrack.com/p/united-states/alabama/recent.)
While modern science still hasn’t created a sure way of predicting earthquakes, there are ways to prepare for these situations at home – which determine your chances of surviving or saving your prized possessions. And for Alabamians, these tips can help you in OTHER types of natural disasters, too.
SafeHome.org has developed an emergency prep guide to help you better plan for home disasters. Here are a few tips to follow when it comes to earthquakes:
Be ready to protect yourself:
- Ensure that wall decor is mounted correctly to prevent it from falling and injuring people.
- Keep heavy items away from beds and couches.
- Check that light fixtures are secure.
- Keep your emergency supplies kit somewhere easily accessible.
- Determine safe areas of the home to drop, cover and hold onto (drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy item of furniture, and hold onto it).
- Do practice drills with your family to make sure everyone is aware of what to do.
Earthquake safety continues after the earth stops shaking
You may have to contend with fallen power lines, weakened structures, and much more. You can access our full guide here to know more about how to further protect yourself: www.safehome.org/resources/emergency-prep-guide/