Governments and their agencies across the U.S., including ones in the lake area, will participate in “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, an earthquake response drill at 10:15 a.m. April 28.
The drill will include more than 1 million people in Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? As with anything, to act quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake.
The drill is one of the first events held leading up to the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812.
Register today at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus/.
As a registered ShakeOut participant you will:
- Learn what you can do to get prepared.
- Receive ShakeOut news and other earthquake information.
- Set an example that motivates others to participate.
- Be counted in the largest earthquake drill ever.
How to participate
Here are a few suggestions for what local governments and agencies can do to participate. More information is at ShakeOut.org/centralus/localgovernments.
Prepare for earthquakes
- Check your emergency supplies and equipment; make sure they are accessible and functional.
- Inspect your facilities for items that might fall and cause injury, and secure them.
Share the ShakeOut
- Encourage employees to ask their friends, families, and neighbors to register.
- Share your experience at ShakeOut.org/centralus/share.