Indiana residents encouraged to join natural disaster drill

Georgia residents are encouraged to “drop, cover, and hold on” by participating in the 2015 Great SouthEast ShakeOut. The program began in California in 2008 to get people prepared for major earthquakes.


Indiana’s participation in the ShakeOut is led by local emergency management agencies, IDHS, the Indiana Geological Survey, the Indiana Department of Education, the Central United States quake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Geological Survey. Patrons at the Santa Clarita Public Library branches during the drill will be asked to participate. “You simply drop down to the ground, take cover under a table or other piece of heavy furniture and hold on”. There are also resources for schools, businesses, non-English speakers and people with disabilities.

Joseph said that a few of the most powerful earthquakes to ever occur in the USA happened a little more than 200 years ago in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which reaches into southern Illinois.

Registered ShakeOut participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to create a dialogue with others about natural disaster preparedness.

So far 1.136 million people are registered to do the “drop, cover and hold” drill for ShakeOut next Thursday at 9.15am.


While the worldwide drill will take place on October. 15, individual drills can be conducted anytime within two weeks of that date.

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