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Great Central U.S. Shakeout

By Buddy Rogers
News from Commonwealth News Center

FRANKFORT, KY - (19 Feb 2016) - Following FEMA's "National Preparedness Month" in September, individuals and communities throughout Kentucky are encouraged to participate in the 2016 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut International Day of Action is set for Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 10:20amCT (local Time 10:20ET in Casey and Taylor Counties - CM).

During the self-led drill, participants practice how to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." ( Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the safe response to an earthquake is to:
- DROP to the ground
- Take COVER under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck

- HOLD ON until the shaking stops
According to Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett, "Although the last major earthquake which impacted Kentucky was recorded in December of 1811 and early 1812, an earthquake can occur at any time wherever we work, live, or travel within this region and beyond. Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves from an earthquake."

The ShakeOut is free and open-to-the-public. Participants will include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to join the drill by registering to participate at . Once registered, participants receive information on how to plan earthquake safety drills and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.

To date, more than 303,000 Kentuckians have registered for the drill and over 2.7 million people are registered to participate in this region, however, Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills will also occur throughout most of the nation and in several countries worldwide. More than 52 million people around the globe are expected to participate. In addition to safety drills, many participants take extra steps to become more prepared for earthquakes or other disasters. Printable certificates of participation are available on the ShakeOut website, as well.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is being coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its member and associate states, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and dozens of other partners.

This story was posted on 2016-10-20 04:41:03

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