Earthquake Disaster Preparedness
I know what you are thinking, "Earthquakes in Iowa, Yeah Right!" But did you know there have been 13 recorded earthquakes in the state of Iowa. The first one being near Sidney in southwestern Iowa in 1867 recorded rate of III, the largest one being near Davenport in southeastern Iowa in 1934 recorded rate of VI and the latest one near Shenandoah in southwestern Iowa in 2004. The later of the three being the only one of which was instrumentally recorded, rating a III.
Iowa's fault line, The Midcontinent Rift, reaches from Oklahoma to Lake Superior, it is known as one of the largest geological features in North America.
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
- Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. (Click Here)
- Fasten shelves securely and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Breakable items should be stored in low, closed cabinets with a latch.
- Heavy wall items should be attached securely and away from beds, couches, or anywhere people might be underneath.
- Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy lamps.
- Have defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired by a qualified professional.
- Secure water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances with strapping or bolting. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic vibration shut-off valve installed.
- Keep cracks in ceiling or foundation repaired and check often for structural defects.
- Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with a latch.
- Locate safest spot in each room under a sturdy table or against inside wall. No doorways.
- Hold family earthquake drills: Drop, cover and hold on.
The USGS database shows that there is a 0.130% chance of a major earthquake within 50 miles of Ankeny, Iowa within the next 50 years.