Hear our interview with John Erickson from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security about today's drill at News Audio on Demand here at our website.
The fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill is this morning [Thursday, October 17, 2013] 10:17 local time. Half-a-million people in Indiana are expected to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as part of today's self-led drills also taking place in nine other states.
Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the proper response to an earthquake is to:
- Drop to the ground
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck
- Hold On until the shaking stops
To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to sign up to participate in the drill by visiting www.getprepared.in.gov . Once registered, participants receive information about showcase events in their area and regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters. Participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups.
“Being prepared for an earthquake means you’re prepared for the hazards Indiana faces each year,” said IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson. “Many of the same preparations for an earthquake apply to tornadoes, flooding and winter storms. A large earthquake in or near Indiana could have a major impact on the population and national transportation, communication, utility, and financial systems. The ShakeOut is a great annual event to help keep Hoosiers thinking about preparing for earthquakes and other possible emergencies.”
Nearly 3 million people participated in the third Central U.S. ShakeOut in February 2013, which was coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee. To align with other states and regions throughout the country, Erickson said the Central U.S. ShakeOut will occur the third Thursday of October going forward. So this drill will include not only 10 states in the central U.S. but also 40 other states and territories nationwide, with about 12 million expected participants.