Today, the state of Indiana, through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), participated in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, a multi-state earthquake drill to teach participants the basics of earthquake safety and preparedness.
More than half a million participants throughout the state signed up for this drill. I commend the work that IDHS has done, together with the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, to recruit the participation of individuals, families, schools, and businesses for this important drill, and I applaud Indiana for including the whole community in this effort.
Recent events throughout the world, including the earthquake in Japan, the fifth largest in recorded history, as well as the devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Haiti, serve as powerful examples of how destructive these unpredictable disasters can be. They’re also reminders that none of us – no matter where we live – are immune from disasters whether natural or manmade.
Although the state of Indiana is holding its ShakeOut drill today, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee, will hold their ShakeOut on April 28 at 10:15 a.m. More than one and half million registrants in these 10 states will exercise three simple steps:
- DROP to the ground,
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
While we don't know when the next earthquake will strike, taking steps now to enhance our readiness will help the country become more resilient before disaster strikes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an earthquake can mean the difference between life and death.
Register for the ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/centralus and visit www.Ready.gov for important earthquake preparedness tips so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of an earthquake.