Today at 10:15 a.m. CST (11:15 a.m. EST) -- millions of people across the U.S. will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The drill is the largest earthquake preparedness event in central U.S. history. And don’t worry, even if you don’t live in the central U.S. you can still participate. Earthquakes can strike without warning, and you will only have seconds to react - so it’s important that everyone participates in the drill to ensure you know what to do should an earthquake strike.
It only takes a couple of minutes to participate in the drill and practice these 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
So, this morning, wherever you are, take a few minutes to practice these simple steps to make sure you’re prepared for an earthquake. Remember, everyone plays a critical role in helping our nation become prepared. While we don’t know when or where the next earthquake will strike, preparing for them now will help our entire country during an emergency.