At 10:15 a.m. on April 28, 2011, millions will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever! All local governments and their agencies (including fire departments) are encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a more extensive exercise).
More than 1 million people in communities throughout the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee will participate in this event.
Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live, or travel in the central U.S. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
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 before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.
Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, colleges, government agencies and organizations are all invited to register.
Register today at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus/