Today is the anniversary of last year’s earthquake along the east coast – the biggest earthquake to hit the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. To remember the importance of preparing for unexpected events, we visited the Washington Monument – it was damaged during the earthquake. Many of FEMA’s partners also visited the Washington Monument today, including the National Park Service, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, U.S. Geological Survey, and representatives from the Virginia and D.C. governments.
We met with Tim Manning, one of the big bosses at FEMA. He talks about our visit to the Washington Monument and the importance of preparing for earthquakes and other emergencies.
We learned how to register for the Great Southeast Shakeout which will occur on October 18. The Shakeout is an earthquake drill where schools and businesses practice “drop, cover, and hold on” – the appropriate steps to take if you feel the ground shaking. We encourage you to register and participate with us!
While we cannot always predict when a disaster will happen, we can at least prepare by practicing what actions to take. We encourage you to visit Ready.gov/earthquakes to learn even more tips about preparing for earthquakes.