The Norman Transcript

Headlines

February 6, 2013

Great Central Shakeout set

NORMAN — The American Red Cross is inviting the nation to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for the 2013 Great Central U.S. Shakeout this week.

The drill will be 10:15 a.m. Thursday and is designed to prepare individuals, families and organizations to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.

“As with anything, to act quickly, you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down or something falls on you,” states a Red Cross press release.

Earthquakes can happen at work, where you live or where you’re traveling. Forty-five states and territories in the U.S. are at moderate to high risk of earthquakes, and they are located in every region of the country.

An earthquake is defined as a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface.

“Doorways are no stronger than any other part of the structure. During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. This will provide some protection from falling objects that can injure you during an earthquake,” the release states.

The goal of the drill is to prevent disasters from being catastrophes.

Some tips the Red Cross suggests when encountering an earthquake includes:

· Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.

· Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.

· Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. Use stairs after shaking stops instead of elevators in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damages.

· If you are outdoors, find a clear spot and drop to the ground until the shaking stops. Stay away from buildings, powerlines, trees and street lights.

· If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible.

· If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.

For more information visit www.shakeout.org/

centralus or visit RedCross.org. A free American Red Cross Earthquake App for Smartphones alsio is available.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Coaches Luncheon Mixon question off-limits at coaches luncheon

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived Wednesday at Journey Church....

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mixon will not participate in practice

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today. Freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there. The school announced the decision Wednesday night....

    July 31, 2014

  • Nova Pettigrew Music community bands together to raise money for 2-year-old’s battle with rare form of cancer

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Sales tax-free weekend set to begin this weekend

    When stores open Friday morning, shoppers may be waiting. Oklahoma’s annual sales tax holiday is slated to run this weekend with the special exemption beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ending at midnight on Sunday....

    July 31, 2014

  • India landslide kills 21

    NEW DELHI — Rescuers worked in rain today to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said....

    July 31, 2014

  • Israeli strike hits UN school

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Busted water main dumps 20 million gallons of water into UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and adjacent garage

    LOS ANGELES — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities ...

    July 31, 2014

  • GOP-led House gives go-ahead for suit

    WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Just a day before ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Randall Lee Sherrill, 34, possession of juvenile pornography · Dewey Leon Kinsey, 37, possession of controlled dangerous ...

    July 31, 2014