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
  • Junior Police Graduation First Junior Police Academy graduates

    The room went dark and a slideshow flipped through photos of children participating in the first Junior Police Academy as kids chattered excitedly, remembering what they had done over the past two weeks. Norman Police Department hosted ...

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials say transparency lacking in Wal-Mart zoning

    Norman city staff recently admitted to withholding information from the public regarding a controversial zoning change in southeast Norman. If approved by the city council, the proposal will allow a Wal-Mart supercenter at Cedar Lane and ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Air Algerie jet crashes with 116 on board

    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Nonprofit raises $3.9M-plus for new center

    The Center for Children and Families, a United Way of Norman partner agency, announced Thursday that it exceeded its public fundraising goal of $3.5 million and raised more than $3.9 million to complete the purchase and renovation of a ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Wednesday: · 5:58 a.m. indecent exposure, 100 block of West Comanche Street · 6:08 a.m. burglary in progress, 100 block of West Hayes Street · 8:09 a.m. larceny report, 100 ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Angela Beth Mendinghall, 36, unauthorized use of a vehicle; driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license · Daniel ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Immigrant children being placed with sponsors

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The federal government says more than 200 unaccompanied children in Oklahoma have been placed with sponsors so far this year. The federal government released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of the numbers of ...

    July 25, 2014

  • OCU prepares to move law library downtown

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University’s School of Law is moving its library into a historic building in downtown Oklahoma City....

    July 25, 2014

  • Grad to serve as delegate at camp

    William Long, 2014 Norman North High School graduate, recently represented Oklahoma as a delegate at the 2014 National Youth Science Camp. Long joined 100 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eight other ...

    July 25, 2014