Yes, Be Ready for Earthquakes; Register for Oct. 18 Drill

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An earthquake can happen at any time and in any place, including here in Northern Virginia. In August 2011, there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that was felt across the region.

Be sure to prepare before an earthquake by developing a family communications, an emergency kit and a personal support team.

In this video, Courtney Arroyo of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, discusses what to do during an earthquake — drop, cover and hold on — as well as instructions for persons with disabilities, mobility issues, pregnant women, mothers with infants and others who may be at work or at home.

Take the first step to preparing for an earthquake and other emergencies by signing up for emergency alerts from Fairfax Alerts.

The Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill

Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake DrillYou can also be prepared for an earthquake by joining your neighbors across the southeastern U.S. who will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 during the Great Southeast Shakeout earthquake drill.

You can join them by registering for the drill. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes — wherever you live, work or travel.

Register for the Oct. 18 Southeast Shakeout earthquake drill online at

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About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.