While earthquakes are not a common occurrence in Kansas, they do happen. According to the USGS website, an area in western Kansas, was shaken with a level V earthquake on October 27, 1904. With higher magnitude earthquakes rocking the globe, it makes sense that Wichitan parents might feel a sense of unease. Childless singles may be fearful as well, but having small people to care for in the midst of a natural disaster certainly brings an added element to distress. Most Wichitans know how to react to tornado warnings; we are well schooled in that. But few really know what to do in an earthquake.
Preparedness: Ready.gov lists various things citizens should do to prepare for an earthquake, such as: securely fasten shelves to walls, put large or heavy objects on lower shelves, make sure electrical wiring and gas lines are in good shape, locate safety zones within the home -such as under a large table, etc. You might do drills at home with your children to make sure they understand what to do.
During an earthquake: If indoors, drop and cover. Hide under a large sturdy table, or other piece of furniture. Brace yourself until the shaking stops.You might do drills at home with your children to make sure they understand what to do. If outdoors, Ready.gov recommends staying where you are, but "Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires."
In a vehicle: Come to a safe stop and stay put, but make sure the vehicle is not sitting under something that may fall on top of it: buildings, trees, wires, etc.
For the full list of earthquake preparedness, click here.