Central U.S. Local Governments: Get Ready to ShakeOut!

Courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration

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) in the Central U.S. 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/

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.

Plan Your Drill:

  • Register at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus/register to be counted in the Drill, get email updates, and more.
  • Have a "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill at 10:15 a.m. on April 28.
  • You may also want to coordinate an exercise of your emergency plan.
  • Discuss what you learned and make improvements.

Get Prepared 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.
  • Encourage employees to prepare at home.
  • Provide first aid and response training for employees.

Share the ShakeOut:

  • Encourage employees to ask their friends, families, and neighbors to register.
  • Agencies with outreach roles can include ShakeOut messaging in their routine activities.
  • Posters, flyers, and other materials for promoting the ShakeOut are at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus/resources.
  • Share your experience at ShakeOut.org/centralus/share.