September 21, 2017
On Thursday, Sept. 7 and Tuesday, Sept. 19 Mexico experienced two devastating earthquakes that caused extensive structural damage and loss of life.
As we continue to hear news from Mexico after the most recent devastating earthquake, our hearts go out to all who have been affected, including our partners, students, scholars and faculty from the area.
We ask our students from Mexico to please let us know if you or your family have been affected and we will work with you to provide you with support and resources throughout the days to come.
Students can call OIP at 210-458-7202 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Travel Advice
• Aftershocks of varying magnitudes could pose a risk to life and property and cause further damage to already weakened structures; do not re-enter or access damaged structures.
• Expect damage and disruption in earthquake-affected areas; follow all official directives.
• Localized travel disruption is possible. Liaise with local contacts and reconfirm status of routes before setting out.
Prior planning in earthquake-prone areas will go a long way to mitigate risks. The key is to stay informed and have a readiness plan in mind.
Earthquake Safety Tips:
- If you are planning a trip to an area known to have major earthquakes, have an earthquake readiness plan.
- Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
- Pay attention to signs at your universities or places of work that indicate what to do in the event of an earthquake.
- Consider keeping a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
- Have emergency supplies in stock.
- Know how to turn off your gas and water mains (if applicable).
If Shaking Begins:
- Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and it's safe to exit.
- Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you; including mirrors and pictures hanging on walls.
- Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, the fire alarms and sprinklers can go off during a quake.
- If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
- If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
- If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
After the Earthquake:
- Check for injuries; attend to injuries if needed. Depending on the extent of your injuries, call local emergency services or International SOS.
- Check for damage. If your building is badly damaged you should leave it until it has been inspected by a safety professional. Check with local authorities for a safe shelter.
- If you smell or hear a gas leak, alert individuals around you and get outside. Report the leak to the fire department/emergency services personnel. Do not use any electrical appliances because a tiny spark could ignite the gas.
- If the power is out, unplug major appliances to prevent possible damage when the power is turned back on. If you see sparks, frayed wires, or smell hot insulation, you should vacate the area and call local authorities immediately.
- Monitor emails as UT Austin tracks natural disasters and will reach out to those in affected regions. Respond as soon as possible if required. Communicate with those who know you are traveling; communication is key in an emergency situation.
- Contact your loved ones to let them know you are ok.