After the Big Earthquake, Reconnect and Restore

shakeoutlogoSoutheast Missouri State University participated in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m. Oct. 19 in an effort to prepare faculty, staff and students to survive and recover from earthquakes.

After the next big earthquake, your recovery and that of the community may take weeks to months or even longer. While earthquakes can be a traumatic experience, it’s important not to let important things slip that will help you, your family and your community get back on your feet. While this phase only has one step, the time involved will most likely be the longest, especially if your home or workplace has been damaged.

Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage and rebuilding community.

step7wideiconAny community struck by disaster will be affected in some significant way. But keep in mind that a community is only as strong as its residents, so involvement in the recovery, priorities, and “how” a community comes back is very important. This is because the people who normally make the decisions in a community may not be there, or others who are not as familiar with unique aspects of a community are trying to help guide the recovery process. This means some decisions might be made that could hinder a speedy recovery in some way. As a member of your community, your voice and experience are important to the rebuilding process. The community needs you. Get involved!

A number of resources are available to you: It’s important to take action to prepare now and throughout the year for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and visit.

Southeast’s Emergency Preparedness Plan can be viewed at http://www.semo.edu/emergency/procedures.html.

Southeast’s emergency communications information can be viewed at http://www.semo.edu/emergency/communication.html.

For more information about the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut as well as and resources and safety information about earthquake preparedness, visit http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/.