Ponca City, OK

Ponca City Emergency Management – Wherever you are, protect yourself during an earthquake!


Wherever you are, protect yourself during an earthquake!

  • Indoors: Drop, cover, and hold on. Drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table,
    and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops. If you are not near
    a desk or table, drop to the floor against the interior wall and protect your head and neck with
    your arms. Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large
    appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. Do not go outside!
  • In bed: If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. You are less
    likely to be injured staying where you are. Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those
    who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.
  • In a high-rise: Drop, cover, and hold on. Avoid windows and other hazards. Do not use
    elevators. Do not be surprised if sprinkler systems or fire alarms activate
  • Outdoors:Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings,
    vehicles, and other hazards.
  • Driving: Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses,
    bridges, power lines, signs, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
    If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
  • In a stadium or theater: Stay at your seat and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t
    try to leave until the shaking is over. Then walk out slowly watching for anything that could fall
    in the aftershocks.
  • Near the shore: Drop, cover, and hold on until the shaking stops. Estimate how long the
    shaking lasts. If severe shaking lasts 20 seconds or more, immediately evacuate to high
    ground as a tsunami might have been generated by the earthquake. Move inland 3 kilometers
    (2 miles) or to land that is at least 30 meters (100 feet) above sea level immediately. Don’t
    wait for officials to issue a warning. Walk quickly, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris and
    other hazards.
  • Below a dam: Dams can fail during a major earthquake. Catastrophic failure is unlikely, but if
    you live downstream from a dam, you should know flood-zone information and have prepared
    an evacuation plan.

Check out this website for more information: www.shakeout.org/centralus

Contact: Paula Cain, Emergency Management Director, 767-0380

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