This wasn’t well advertised throughout our city/state (I don’t think), but it is a great exercise that we all should consider doing.  Received this in my email today.


Dear Private Sector Partners,

When an earthquake happens, you only have seconds to react. The best protective action is to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Today more than 13 million people nationwide are expected to participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drillBe a part of the Nationwide Drill!

At 10:18 Local Time Today:


  • DROP to the ground;
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and
  •  HOLD ON


If it’s not possible to get to the floor to safely take cover, before the exercise, identify an inside corner of the room near your work station or the other locations you may be in, away from windows and objects that could fall on you.  The Earthquake Country Alliance advises getting as low as possible to the floor. People who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices should lock their wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.


This year marks the first time that southeastern states and jurisdictions will participate in a regional Great Shakeout, just weeks after the one year anniversary of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Mineral, Virginia. Participating states nationwide include: Alaska, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington.


ShakeOut participants are supported by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), FEMA and many other local, state, federal and volunteer partners. In February 2012, CUSEC coordinated a similar drill across nine Central U.S. states.


To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, including information for seniors and those with disabilities, visit


Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, and can have disastrous and far-reaching effects. Earthquake hazards vary from region to region.   To learn more about reducing your risks during an earthquake visit

There are many ways for individuals, households, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, and others to participate in the ShakeOut.  Those interested in participating in the ShakeOut are encouraged to first register online at . Once registered, participants will be listed with thousands of other participants, and receive information on how to participate in the drill.

For details on U.S. earthquake information by state and territoryvisit

Follow FEMA online at, and  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at .

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.



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