Drop, Cover, and Hold On During the 2015 Great SouthEast ShakeOut
GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia campaign supports participation in massive earthquake drill
(ATLANTA) – At 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, Georgia residents are encouraged to “drop, cover and hold on” by participating in the 2015 Great SouthEast ShakeOut, one of the nation’s largest earthquake drills. Organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, Federal Emergency Management Agency and other partners, the event is supported locally by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s (GEMA/HS) Ready Georgia campaign. The goal is to help households, businesses and schools across Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland learn what to do when a disaster strikes.
“Preparedness determines how quickly we can respond to a disaster, and the best way to arm yourself and your family is through practice,” said GEMA/HS Director Jim Butterworth. “Earthquakes are just one of the natural disasters that could impact Georgia and this multi-state drill is one of many resources available to help increase emergency preparedness. On Oct. 15, if you’re in an area with a higher risk for earthquakes, you should participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut and learn how to protect yourself.”
Although many Georgians believe the state is not prone to this type of natural disaster, Georgia has a history of earthquake hazards dating back to 1811. In early 2014, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Georgia-South Carolina border and tremors were felt hundreds of miles away. Counties along the Georgia-South Carolina border are in an area of the state at greatest risk for earthquakes, as are Georgia’s northwest, central and west central counties.
Tens of thousands of Georgia residents have already signed up for the ShakeOut, when they will practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” – drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on until the shaking stops.
To participate, go to http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/. Registration is free and includes tips on how to plan the drill and communicate with others about earthquake preparedness. For more information on preparedness, visit www.ready.ga.gov. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app.
About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.
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