Participate in annual earthquake drill on Oct. 20

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Individuals, businesses, schools, government agencies, and organizations are invited to participate in the annual Central US earthquake preparedness exercise at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, part of the 2022 International ShakeOut Day of Action. This is a great time to learn and practice earthquake safety with millions of people worldwide. 

In an earthquake, you may only have seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you. When the adrenaline kicks in, you may not act safely if you haven’t practiced the Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill before that moment: 

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.  If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.

Know what to do when the shaking starts—register for the Great Central US Shakeout at http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/ and use the many resources for the drill and preparedness for schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others.