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A Challenge to All Businesses: ShakeOut on Tuesday

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I work with people from global corporations based in Chicago, to sole proprietorships based out of a home office. One thing they both have in common? Both of them -- and anyone in between -- can participate in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill this Tuesday, February 7.

For a small investment of your time, you could learn, teach, and exercise life saving actions to take during an earthquake:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

The drill is organized and coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its Member and Associate States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Geological Survey, and dozens of other partners. More than two million participants have registered to participate at government offices, businesses, schools, place of worship, libraries, and other community based organizations.

I am an earthquake survivor, I was in Haiti for a major “aftershock.” Having survived an earthquake, I can attest to the idea that practicing an earthquake drill is extremely critical in surviving these disasters. I have done this drill. I have trained. And I am still here.

Last year I conducted a surprise ShakeOut drill with my team, even though we “never” have earthquakes in the DC area. It was the first time that one member of the team learned about earthquake safety procedures. Five months later she was teleworking at home when an earthquake shook Virginia and was felt by many states to the north and south. She immediately responded with the correct actions; she dropped, covered, and held on. She is a survivor too. We are drilling again this Tuesday morning, and I ask you to join us by conducting your own drill.

Here’s a video from the Administrator encouraging citizens to participate in the Great Central ShakeOut:

Participation in the drill can take as little time as a couple minutes, or can be more involved and include exercising your earthquake preparedness to your emergency preparedness plan.

So if you haven’t done so already, register and join us now and explore the information and resources to make your drill great and improve your earthquake and overall preparedness. Also checkout FEMA’s Quakesmart Mitigation Toolkit for Businesses and visit Ready Business for important information on preparedness planning for your business.

Last Updated: 
18/06/2012 - 11:44

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