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[IDHS] More Than Half a Million Hoosiers Register for 2013 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut
Start Date: 2/7/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/7/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS -- More than 2.8 million people across the central United States in schools, businesses and homes registered for an earthquake drill this morning, including more than 550,000 in Indiana, the most among the nine states. The third Great Central United States ShakeOut was held today to mark the anniversary of the 1812 New Madrid Earthquakes.

Indiana partners included local emergency management agencies, the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Geological Survey and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

The earthquake drill is an encouragement for Hoosiers is to learn about all types of earthquake safety and response, including drop to the floor, take cover under a table or desk, and hold onto the furniture because it may move due to the vibrations caused by an earthquake. This technique is known as "drop, cover and hold on."

Indiana Department of Homeland Security
"The Great ShakeOut in Indiana continues to be a success year after year," said IDHS Executive Director John Hill. "Over the last three years, we have been able to raise awareness about the threat of earthquakes and promote preparedness to hundreds of thousands of students, businesses and families across the state."

Indiana Geological Survey
"The Indiana Geological Survey is pleased that so many Hoosier residents continue to take part in the Great Central US ShakeOut. Even if we don't experience a serious earthquake in the very near future, earthquake preparedness plans and supplies can protect citizens against other natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes," said Indiana Geological Survey Educational Outreach Coordinator Walter Gray.

The event was organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and involved the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Federal partners include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Though rare, earthquakes have the potential to be devastating to Indiana. Midwest earthquakes are unique from west coast earthquakes because of the local topography. Softer bedrock helps shockwaves travel farther. Damage from an earthquake would be more widespread and more severe than an earthquake on the west coast of similar magnitude.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recommends Hoosiers create an emergency kit, which can be used in the event of an earthquake or other hazards, including tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding, etc. The kit should contain food, water and care supplies for a few days. Also, create a family communications plan that includes ways to make contact with loved ones, and knowing where to go if evacuation is necessary.

For more information about being prepared for earthquakes and other disasters, visit


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