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Start Date: 1/18/2012
End Date: 1/18/2012
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Indiana had highest number of registrations at 600,000


INDIANAPOLIS— The 2011 Great Central U.S. Shakeout will receive a national award on Thursday in Washington, D.C.


Of the more than 3 million participants across 11 states, Indiana led the way with about 600,000 people registered in April of 2011, many of which were K-12 students throughout the state.


“We are extremely proud of the ShakeOut participation in the Hoosier state last year and hope to have a successful event next month, in early February,” said Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “By taking just a few moments to learn about and prepare for earthquakes, we can limit the injuries and damage that can be caused by earthquakes and other disasters.


"We also want to thank our in-state partners -- the citizens of Indiana, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Geological Survey at IU, and the many emergency management and other public safety partners who participated.”


The award is part of the 2011 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. This honor is national recognition for the achievements of individuals and organizations who work every day to increase awareness about the earthquake hazard in the central United States and the promotion of greater preparedness efforts among its citizens, businesses and all levels of government.


“CUSEC is excited to represent our member and associate states in Washington for this distinguished honor. Our efforts to increase earthquake awareness and preparedness amongst all citizens of the region have been very successful because of the partnerships formed over the past two decades,” said Brian Blake, CUSEC Earthquake Program Coordinator.


The ShakeOut is an annual multi-state earthquake drill where participants from the eight CUSEC member states (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee) and three associate states (Georgia, Oklahoma, and South Carolina) practiced the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” technique to prepare for an earthquake. The 2012 Great Central United States ShakeOut will be held on February 7th at 11:15 a.m. EST.


“Earthquakes are a reality in Indiana. All  that we can control are the steps we take to reduce the amount of structural damage and loss of life. Those steps, if taken, can prepare citizens for all types of natural disasters,” said Walter Gray, Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Indiana Geological Survey.


The ShakeOut was designed as a way for the general public to learn about earthquakes and take specific actions to prepare themselves before the next damaging earthquake strikes. Through the coordination between CUSEC and its member states, the ShakeOut provided a wealth of educational and preparedness information about earthquakes and the potential for seismic activity in the central United States. The ShakeOut was selected for the award due to the creative approach to educate and promote earthquake readiness.





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