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Did you know Tennessee has the two most active seismic zones in the eastern United States?

Earthquake Drop! Cover! Hold on!

  • Seek shelter under a sturdy desk. If a desk is not available, move into a hallway or stand against an inside wall.
  • Do NOT attempt to exit the building during active shaking. Wait until the shaking has stopped.  Falling materials can be deadly.
  • Do NOT run down stairs or use elevators. Stay clear of windows and heavy appliances.
  • If you are outdoors, stay away from buildings, utility lines, trees, bridges, or any other structure that could fall.
  • Once the shaking has stopped, exit damaged buildings.  *Doors may be jammed, so exiting through another means may be necessary. Doors should be left open if possible.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Report your condition and location to emergency preparedness personnel or some other official. If trapped, bang on something to make noise rather than yelling for help.
  • See earthquake specific functional needs instructions in the ShakeOut guide.

Drop, Cover and Hold On


Self-report for tracking

  1. Attempt to contact your immediate family.
  2. Provide information to university officials for rosters upon request.
  3. Register on the emergency database designed to share information in an emergency at   reconnect_lores_wordmark
  4. If you’re unable to register online, call the university safe line at 865-656-7233 to be added to the database.

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