Quake preparations just as important in Oklahoma as tornado safety

Emergency workers taped off a section of downtown Pawnee after a building wall crumbled during the Sept. 3 earthquake. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Community Service Council says it's just as important to know how to stay safe in an earthquake as it is tornadoes or fires.

On Thursday, the CSC participated in a nationwide quake drill called the Great ShakeOut. While it was just a drill, it's becoming more common to feel quakes in Oklahoma.

"It's our new reality," said Kelly Kruggel, CSC communications manager. "So as we do tornado rills or fire drills we're asking now Oklahomans do earthquake drills."

Kruggel says these drills aren't much different than practicing tornado safety.

"The steps are like a tornado drill, you put your hands over your head like this, but in an earthquake drill you put one hand over your head and the other out in front to hold on to a sturdy table."

She says many times the thought is to run outside, but that's not the case.

"Actually, the best thing to do is to fall on your hands and knees," said Kruggel. "This way you're less likely to fall over and protect your vital organs."

The U.S. Geological Survey says the chance of earthquakes in central Oklahoma is similar to that of high hazard areas of California, which is why it's so important to spread the word about earthquake safety.

The CSC has created an app that helps you remember safety practices called Tulsa Ready. It's free to download and use on iPhone and Android.

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