Why Should I be Prepared for an Earthquake?
Posted at 11 a.m.
Three-year anniversary of Virginia quake serves as reminder to register for Oct. 16 drill
Many of us remember exactly where we were and how we reacted on Aug. 23, 2011 — three years ago today — when an historic 5.8 earthquake centered in Louisa County, Va. knocked homes and buildings from foundations, destroyed schools and even heavily damaged the Washington Monument — proving that earthquakes can (and do) happen right here in Virginia.
“We learned unexpectedly what the safe response to an earthquake is, and it’s not to run outside,” said Jeff Stern, state coordinator of emergency management. “Since the Mineral earthquake, Virginia has participated every year in a multi-state earthquake drill so we all can practice and remember to drop, cover and hold on.”
The Great Southeast ShakeOut multistate earthquake drill, which began in 2012, will be held this year on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10:16 a.m.
Once registered, you will get information about how to plan a drill and practice the recommended actions should an earthquake occur:
- Drop to the ground where you are.
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck.
- Hold on until the shaking stops.
Last year, one million Virginians took part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut. Fairfax County has consistently been at the forefront for participation in each year’s drill. Let’s continue that high level of participation again this year. Register today!