Don’t Forget ~ It’s Time to Shake Out and Not Freak Out!

Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill 2018

Posted at 8 a.m.

This morning at 10:18 a.m., it’s time to “Shake Out. Don’t Freak Out.” as you practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the annual Great Southeast Shakeout earthquake drill.

Drop, Cover and Hold On

If you have time before the drill you can register your participation. But if you’re not registered, don’t worry. You can still participate. 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.

Learn more about the Southeast Shakeout earthquake drill at

Meanwhile, the county’s Office of Emergency Management is partnering with Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield during the drill. Throughout the month, Greenspring residents have learned how to protect themselves from an earthquake by learning step-by-step methods to adapt for individual situations.

If you have difficulty getting on the ground or getting back up, you should adapt “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for your situation.

  • If you are in a recliner or in bed, cover your head and neck with your arms or pillow until the shaking stops.
  • If you use a cane, you can sit on a chair or bed and cover your head and neck with both hands until the shaking stops. Keep your cane near you so you can use it when the shaking stops.
  • If you use a walker or wheelchair, lock your wheels and cover your head and neck with your arms, book or pillow until the shaking stops.

To see a demonstration of what you can do to protect yourself, visit

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