10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 10, 2014
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804) 897-9730 or (804) 674-2400
Brian Blake, Program Coordinator
Central United States Earthquake Consortium
(901) 544-3570, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up now for Oct. 16 Great SouthEast ShakeOut
Virginia leads in registrations for multi-state earthquake drill
RICHMOND, Va. – With one month to go until the Great SouthEast ShakeOut set for Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m., Virginia holds a substantial lead in southeastern states that are participating in the simultaneous earthquake drill.
More than 784,000 Virginians have already signed up to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” the recommended response in the U.S. to an earthquake. The drill is open to everyone. Individuals, families, businesses, organizations, schools and colleges, and government agencies can sign up at www.shakeout.org/southeast or through www.ReadyVirginia.gov Those who register will receive information on how to plan an earthquake drill and how to help communities be better prepared for earthquakes and disasters.
The ShakeOut drill provides an opportunity to practice the safe response to an earthquake:
- Drop to the ground, before the shaking drops you
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck
- Hold On to the table or desk until the shaking stops
More than 1.1 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.
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.
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