Did you know Tennessee has the two most active seismic zones in the eastern United States? Here is what to do if an earthquake occurs.

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 instructions for seniors, people with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs from ShakeOut.org.


Self-report for Tracking

  • Attempt to contact your immediate family. (It is good practice to designate a common point of contact that your family and friends know to call.)
  • Provide information to university officials for rosters upon request.
  • Register on the emergency database (RECONNECT) designed to share information in an emergency.