For Missouri, Illinois and neighboring states, earthquakes originating in the New Madrid Fault Zone pose the potential for massive destruction and injury within the Central Mississippi Valley. Seismologists concur that there is the probability that a Richter Scale Magnitude 6.0 to 6.5 quake could occur there at any time, or that a moderate-to-severe quake could occur sometime during the next 15 to 50 years.
During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly do the following:
A. Indoor Procedures:
- If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture. shelves, heavy equipment and outdoor walls.
- Do not use elevators.
- Be prepared for aftershocks.
- Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
- If telephones are working, call University Police at 911 if emergency help is needed after the initial shock.
- Report physical damage to Facilities Management.
- If there is a related emergency, such as a fire or gas leak, activate any available building alarm.
After the shaking subsides, evacuate the building in the following manner:
- Assist persons with disabilities in exiting the building. Walk to the nearest exit and ask others to do the same.
- Do not use elevators; do not panic.
- Once outside, watch for falling debris and move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s). Stay away from power lines, utility poles and trees.
- Keep roadways, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency crews.
- If you are asked and if you wish to do so, assist emergency crews.
- Keep clear of any emergency command posts unless you have official business.
- Do not re-enter an evacuated site unless directed to do so by University Police.
B. Outdoor Procedures:
- Move away from buildings, trees and utility poles. Remain at least 500 feet away from such structures.
- Avoid power or utility lines.
- Lie or sit down to avoid being thrown about the quake.
- If you are in an automobile, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid power lines, trees, overpasses and masonry or high rise buildings. Stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.