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Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Set for October 15
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is urging Virginians to participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 a.m.

Approximately 800,000 Virginians have already signed up for the multistate earthquake drill, and Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed the date Earthquake ShakeOut Day.

The annual earthquake drill provides Virginians with the opportunity to learn what to do when an earthquake hits.

In the United States, you should not run down stairs or outside during an earthquake. Instead, emergency management and preparedness experts agree that DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON is the safest response to reduce injuries and deaths:
  • DROP to the ground before the shaking drops you.
  • Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table if possible, protecting your head and neck.
  • HOLD ON to the desk or table until the shaking stops.
Anyone can participate in the drill, including individuals, families, businesses, organizations, government agencies, schools, and colleges.

To register for the drill, go to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website or the ShakeOut website, where information about how to conduct a drill is also available. You can hold your drill at any time within two weeks of October 15.

By registering for the drill, you will be an example to others and you will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from an earthquake.