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The third Thursday in October is International ShakeOut Day.
February is Earthquake Awareness Month for the Central United States.

Indiana is near two major seismic zones, and, as recent as 2017, earthquake activity has been recorded in the area. Scientists expect incidents similar to the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes will impact Indiana again. These natural disasters cannot be prevented, so preparedness is vital.

Participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

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Safety Tips

Additional Resources

Earthquake Safety Tips PDF
Be Prepared for an Earthquake (FEMA)
Central U.S. Earthquake Guide (Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium)
Earthquakes (Ready.gov)
Earthquake Hazards (U.S. Geological Survey)
Earthquake Safety (American Red Cross)
Indiana Earthquakes (Indiana Geological & Water Survey)

Be Prepared with an Emergency Kit

Hoosiers should be prepared with a household emergency or disaster kit because disasters, including earthquakes, could result in disruptions to everyday life. Depending on the severity of a disaster, a household could need supplies for three days — or more — until emergency personnel can help.

Some of the basic supplies that should be included in a kit:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Local maps
  • Extra clothing

Learn more about disaster kits at the Disaster Kit page or at the National Preparedness Month page (Week 2 - Build a Kit).