Today, several states and countries around the world participated in Great ShakeOut – an organized earthquake drill aimed to help communities raise awareness and better prepare for earthquakes. Organized in part by FEMA, over 14 million individuals, schools, businesses, government offices, and organizations took part in today’s event.
After the 4.0 magnitude earthquake surprisingly struck southern Maine on October 16th and the Washington, D.C. area was struck by an unexpected 5.8 magnitude quake in August 2011 resulting in the destruction of several significant landmarks and national monuments, officials are especially eager to spread awareness in regions not accustomed to frequent ground shaking.
On their blog, FEMA advises the following steps be followed 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.
For more information on what to do during an earthquake, check out http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes.