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Multi-state earthquake drill on Thurs 18 Oct 2018
Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner says that Adair Co. Emergency Management will be participating in the drill along with EMS, and local schools will also be conducting an earthquake drill.
By Monica L. French
Frankfort, KY - This Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18AM, more than 2 million people across 14 states will take part in the Great Central US ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The regional ShakeOut drill is part of an international effort in which participants simultaneously practice how to stay safe during an earthquake -- "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". For most people, in most situations, this means to:
"The central and eastern U.S. is home to several active faults, including the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which has produced three of the largest earthquakes ever felt in the continental United States in 1811-12." Stated Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management. "As scientists estimate there is a 25-40% probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within any 50 year window of time, it is imperative that we take necessary actions to prepare ourselves and our communities should one occur."
Although the primary activity of the ShakeOut is based upon a drill procedure similar to a fire or tornado drill, participants are encouraged to take actions to become better prepared for all disasters. This could include:
Great ShakeOut activities are being coordinated by Kentucky Emergency Management, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and dozens of other partners. ShakeOut is coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center in Los Angeles, California.
For additional preparedness information, visit KYEM at www.kyem.ky.gov.
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