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[IDHS] Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Only One Week Away
Start Date: 10/10/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/10/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Only One Week Away
It’s not too late to register to participate in Oct. 17 drill

Thursday, Oct. 17, communities in 10 states will take part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill. The ShakeOut is scheduled for October 17 at 10:17 a.m. During the drill, millions of people will simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking, which is Drop, Cover and Hold On.
  • DROP to the ground.
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head and nexk with your arms, and
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
“The ShakeOut is designed to help individuals and communities get ready for an earthquake, practice how to protect themselves and prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes,” said Indiana Department of Homeland Security Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson.

States participating in the Central U.S. ShakeOut include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Nationwide, 43 states and territories are registered to participate, involving more than 15 million participants. The drill, which is a self-led exercise, give participants the opportunity to perform a variety of disaster safety activities like:
  • Practicing DROP, COVER and HOLD ON;
  • Testing emergency plans and procedures;
  • Updating or building preparedness kits; and
  • Securing items that may fall or cause injury, should an earthquake occur.
“Participating in the ShakeOut is a great way to keep disaster preparedness top of mind, whether or not it’s specifically for an earthquake,” said Erickson. “The ShakeOut follows September being National Preparedness Month, and we encourage everyone to take steps to be better prepared for any type of disaster, including earthquakes.”

The drill is free and open to the public. Interested citizens, schools, communities and businesses are encouraged to visit to register to participate in the drill. The website also has many helpful resources.


Media Contact:
IDHS public information officer on duty at 317-234-6713 or
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