Join the Great SouthEast ShakeOut!

September 26, 2014  //  

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Join the Great SouthEast ShakeOut!
Sign up now to participate in annual earthquake drill

All Virginians can learn about earthquake safety by joining in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a multi-state earthquake drill set for Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m.

Wherever you are Oct. 15 – home, school, work or play – participate in the ShakeOut and learn how to DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

Earthquakes happen without warning, and the shaking may be so severe that you cannot run or crawl. So DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON IMMEDIATELY. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room to get under a table.

Also, during an earthquake, don’t run outside. Trying to run is dangerous because the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by falling bricks, glass and other building materials. In the U.S., you are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

If you can’t participate Oct. 15, hold an earthquake drill for your family, workplace, organization or school anytime through Dec. 31, and you can still register your participation in the ShakeOut.

Last year more than one million Virginians took part in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut. Learn more and sign up for the Oct. 15 ShakeOut at or


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