Join FEMA for the “Great ShakeOut” earthquake drill this Thursday

October 17, 2023

The Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages participation in the largest global earthquake drill

FEMA promotes earthquake preparedness

This Thursday, October 19, the annual “Great ShakeOut” earthquake drill is set to take place across the United States.

Organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 3 office, the event aims to educate individuals on crucial safety measures for earthquake preparedness and response.

As of now, 49 million people have registered to rehearse their earthquake safety protocols.

Earthquake awareness: Not just for the west coast

While many associate earthquakes with the west coast, these natural events can occur unexpectedly in various regions.

For instance, the 2011 Virginia earthquake caused significant damage and was noticeable across several states.

Safety first: Key steps during an earthquake

MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator, commented: “Earthquakes can occur with little notice, and it is important to know what actions we can take if one happens while we’re at home, at work, or traveling.”

She continued, emphasizing that the “Great ShakeOut is a great opportunity for us to take a few moments to practice those actions.”

For maximum safety during seismic activity:

  • Drop immediately onto your hands and knees.
  • Cover your head and neck with one arm, seeking shelter under nearby furniture.
  • Hold onto the chosen shelter with one hand until the tremors cease, maintaining protection over your head and neck.

Participate in the “Great ShakeOut”

The “Great ShakeOut” is an inclusive event, welcoming the public at no cost. Its audience ranges from individual citizens to schools, businesses, and governmental bodies.

To join, interested participants should register at www.shakeout.org.

Once registered, updates on drill planning and further disaster preparedness will be provided.

For those keen on receiving tips and reminders via text, message “ShakeOut” to 43362.

For comprehensive earthquake-related guidance, visit www.ready.gov/earthquakes.

FSJA Comment

The “Great ShakeOut” earthquake drill spearheaded by FEMA is a testament to the agency’s dedication to public safety.

By emphasizing the importance of preparation and informed response, this initiative seeks to minimize the devastating impacts of unforeseen seismic events.

Participation not only enlightens individuals about the do’s and don’ts during an earthquake but also cultivates a collective consciousness about the unpredictability of these natural disasters.

Encouraging widespread involvement fosters a community that’s better equipped to face and recover from such challenges.

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