Earthquake Tips from the Disaster Experts
I remember distinctly, several years ago, we were working on a
reconstruction project and it seems that the structural engineer had
recommended a lot of overkill. When I brought this to his attention, he
said, “Mark, it’s only a matter of time until Montana gets hit with some
earthquakes, and when it does, it’s going to be a real eye opener for a
lot of people”. As most Montanan’s know, we sit right on top of numerous
fault lines and volcanic activity, making it one the most prone to
earthquakes in the country. 2017 has been a very active year with a major
quake, measuring a magnitude of 5.8, arousing residents all over Montana
last night (July 6) at about 12:30 AM.
The quake was one of the leading stories across the nation:http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/06/535741701/montana-earthquake-is-felt-for-hundreds-of-miles-early-thursday
Know where your gas, power, and water line shut offs are located and how
to turn them off. Gas line leaks were reported in Helena last night, a
gas leak could result in an explosion which could cause more damage than
the earthquake itself. Because of the risk of gas leaks, you should
avoid candles and lighters after an earthquake, if you lose power.
Instead, use flashlights and headlamps.
If you don’t have an emergency plan for your family- you should develop
one right away. The Gallatin County Emergency Management Department has
a great resource for this right here:
Duck, Cover, and Hold-
Identify the safest places in your home, if an earthquake were to
strike. Stand near walls and under heavy furniture, stay away from
windows and doors where glass might shatter and cause injury.
If buildings are damaged, don’t enter them until they have been
inspected. Be particularly careful around chimneys and other rock or
As in any emergency, stay calm. Panic will only make matters worse.
Earthquake monitoring website:
Resources from Montana Health and Human Services: