Damaging earthquakes can happen when we least expect them – ShakeOut 2019

Recent world events have reminded us that damaging earthquakes can happen when we least expect them, causing widespread damage, disruption, and even death.  Do you know what you would do to protect yourself if a major earthquake happened right now?  What about the schools in your district?  Do your schools practice an annual “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill?

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, a National earthquake drill being held in October, is a great opportunity for schools to practice what to do during earthquakes.  Your involvement will inspire other school districts, organizations, and families to participate.

While we don’t know when a damaging earthquake will strike, we can act now to limit its consequences.  Schools and communities, if properly prepared and informed, are more likely to respond appropriately, reducing their chances for damage and injury.  Practice is essential, which is the purpose of the ShakeOut drill.

This drill offers your schools and community an opportunity to set aside time to think about how they would respond to an earthquake. The drill will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:17 a.m.  This year, our goal is for more than 300,000 students, teachers and staff to simultaneously practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” which is the recommended action for people to take during an earthquake.

Please visit www.ShakeOut.org/centralus or www.msema.org to register today!  Perform a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill on October 17, 2019 at 10:17 a.m.

The ShakeOut is being organized by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its member and associate state emergency management agencies including the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Geological Survey, and dozens of other partners.