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Information from a Missouri State Emergency Management Agency news release
Registration is open for the 2016 Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” earthquake drill on Oct. 20. More than 450,000 Missourians are already registered to participate in the annual drill, which teaches people how to protect themselves in an earthquake. More than two million people are signed up in 14 central U.S. states that could be impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake.
At exactly 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, participants will practice the “Drop, Cover, Hold On” technique:
- DROP to your hands and knees
- COVER your head and neck with your hands and arms; get under a table or desk if you can, and
- HOLD ON until the shaking stops
Experts say Drop, Cover, Hold On is the best way to protect yourself from falling debris, which is the most likely cause of injury during an earthquake in developed nations with modern building standards.
“It’s very important for people to immediately know what to do to protect themselves because earthquakes occur without warning,” said State Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Walker. “If you and your family know in advance how react and take cover, it could prevent serious injury.”
To sign up for the ShakeOut, visit shakeout.org/centralus. Once registered, participants receive regular updates on the drill, as well as information on earthquake preparedness and safety.