Nearly 5 Million Participate in Regional Earthquake Drill
October 2014 - On October
16 at 10:16 a.m., nearly 4.8 million people across 19 States and the District
of Columbia participated in the Great
Central U.S. and Great SouthEast
ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. The regional
ShakeOut drills are part of a global effort to teach people how to stay safe
during an earthquake.
action—known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”—is the safest response while the ground is shaking during
an earthquake, and is endorsed by the CUSEC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross,
and other emergency officials and first responders. ShakeOut participants included K-12 schools,
businesses, neighborhood groups, colleges and universities, government
organizations, and many other groups.
Also, several Governors of participating States issued statements
proclaiming Oct. 16 as “Great ShakeOut Day” in their States. Including
Thursday’s regional drills, more than 20 million people nationwide (and several
other countries) participated in Great
ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.
to CUSEC Executive Director Jim Wilkinson, “Everyone everywhere should know how
to protect themselves during an earthquake.
Even if an individual doesn’t live in an area with a high earthquake
hazard, they may one day travel to such an area and need to be prepared. ShakeOut provides a dedicated time for
individuals and communities to take a few minutes out of their day-to-day
activities to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On—an action that one day may save
their lives.” Wilkinson also adds that
“Involving the ‘whole community’ is a
major focus for us and we sincerely appreciate the dedication our partners have
shown as they’ve worked tirelessly to make the ShakeOut a big success.”
ShakeOut occurs annually on the third Thursday of October with the next drill
scheduled for October 15, 2015 at 10:15AM, local time. For more information, visit www.shakeout.org.
September is National Preparedness Month, Great ShakeOut set for October 16
September 2014 - Since 2004, FEMA has designated the month of September as National Preparedness Month (#NatlPrep). Now is a great time to prepare yourself and those in your care for earthquakes and other disasters. The most important step you can take prior to a disaster is to be ready to take care of yourself before the next one occurs.
Following National Preparedness Month, individuals and communities in more than 45 States and Territories will participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Now held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut is set for Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.* During the self-led drill, participants practice how to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the proper response to an earthquake is to:
- Drop to the ground
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck and,
- Hold On until the shaking stops
CUSEC, with our Member and Associate States, coordinates regional activities for the Great Central U.S. and Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Oct. 16 marks the fifth Central U.S. ShakeOut drill taking place in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The SouthEast ShakeOut, now in its third year, includes Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
We encourage all of our newsletter subscribers to participate in this unique preparedness activity. To get started or to pledge your participation in the ShakeOut, please visit www.shakeout.org.