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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2014
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
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Gov. McAuliffe proclaims Oct. 16 as Earthquake ShakeOut Day
Virginians can still sign up for annual earthquake drill
RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly 1.1 million Virginians have signed up for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a multistate earthquake drill set for Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. To encourage participation, Gov. 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 U.S., people 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
The Great SouthEast ShakeOut is open to everyone: individuals, families, businesses, organizations, government agencies, and schools and colleges.
To register, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.shakeout.org/southeast, where information about how to hold a drill is available. Those who can’t participate Oct. 16 can hold an earthquake drill any time through Dec. 31 and still register to be part of the ShakeOut.
More than 1.8 million people have signed up so far for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut to be held in these states: Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. When compared to all states participating in the national drill, Virginia is second only to California in number of people who have registered.
Coordinating partners for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut include the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). ShakeOut originated in California, where statewide earthquake drills have been held annually since 2008, and has grown to be an international program with nearly 25 million people participating in 2013.
Read Gov. McAuliffe’s proclamation here: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/earthquake/great-southeast-shakeout/Gov-proclamation
Get earthquake safety actions here:
For those with disabilities or other access or functional needs: http://www.earthquakecountry.info/downloads/ShakeOut_Earthquake_Guide_Disabilities_AFN.pdf
“When the Earth Shakes” animated video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXxPTAhMGLI&feature=youtube_gdata
Get more information about the Great SouthEast ShakeOut: www.shakeout.org/southeast
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971