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Despite the myth that earthquakes in the U.S. are mainly a West Coast disaster, earthquakes are common to Franklin and Williamson County. Earthquakes occur frequently across the world, including the southern Illinois area, although they are often too small to be felt. Earthquakes are caused by the moving and shifting of the Earth's layered plates. The New Madrid and Wabash Valley fault lines are definitely capable of creating massive, damaging earthquakes. While recent local earthquake activity has been minor, the potential always exists for a high magnitude earthquake to strike.

General information about Earthquakes:

Earthquake Preparation/Planning

When a large magnitude earthquake strikes, we want to be prepared! Some ways to prepare yourself and your family include having an emergency supply kit, a communication plan, and knowing how to safe-guard yourself and loved ones during a quake. The emergency kit may be kept in your home and/or car and can include items like water, food, clothing, and important documents. Your emergency plan should have contact information in place so that family members will know where to meet one another in case of evacuation. Click here for more information on compiling an emergency supply kit and completing a communication plan. We recommend you walk through your home to locate places for people to seek shelter during an earthquake. Discussing and practicing your household’s earthquake response will help everyone become familiar with your homes shelter areas. Finally, you can also prepare your home beforehand to minimize damage by placing large or heavy objects on lower shelves and by anchoring bookshelves and other large items to the wall.

Please click on the links below for further information on how to be better prepared for an earthquake

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Earthquake Response

Steps can be taken if you are ever caught in an earthquake. If indoors, stay there and wait for the shaking to stop. Look for cover (preferably a sturdy desk or table) and hold on. If you are unable to find a safe area quickly, the best thing to do is to crouch/sit on the floor, away from windows and any potentially rolling or falling objects. Keep in mind that most injures occur when people are hit by falling objects or from entering/exiting buildings. If outdoors, move to an open area away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. If in your car, avoid stopping under or near buildings, trees, and overpasses. For further information on responding to an earthquake please see:

Earthquake Recovery

The recovery process after an earthquake may be a long battle. You need to be aware of the possibility of aftershocks. Each time you feel an aftershock, do the same steps you would do during the response (drop, cover, and hold on). Check yourself and others for possible injuries while getting everyone away from damaged buildings and unsafe areas like downed power lines or broken gas lines. Keep in mind that an earthquake will disrupt basic utility services (water, power, etc.). Also, damaged roadways will make it difficult to initially transport emergency supplies into the affected area. Therefore, it is important that your emergency kit contains enough essential items (especially food and water) for at least three days.

Please click on the following link to assist in your recovery process after an earthquake:

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