Shakeout 'and get out' in Campbell River quake drill


Indiana's participation in the ShakeOut is led by local emergency management agencies, IDHS, the Indiana Department of Education, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Geological Survey.

During the drill, participants are urged to practice what MEMA calls the three essential steps: Drop, take cover and hold on.

ShakeOut organisers said: "To react quickly you must practice often".

- The annual Great California ShakeOut Drill will be held Thursday, with millions of Southland residents joining people across the state - and around the world - as they drop, cover and hold to practice their readiness for a major natural disaster.

According to a press release from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), 1.7 million people in the southeast and are registered to participate.

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees.

Emergency officials say you can reduce your chance of injury by dropping where you are and covering your head and neck with your hands.

Last year, over 800,000 people in BC participated.

During an actual quake, people who are outdoors should find a clear spot away from trees, buildings and power lines, then drop, cover and hold on. The 7.3 magnitude quake devastated the area and was felt from Chicago to Cuba. The 'Great ShakeOut' day is for schools, companies and agencies to take a serious approach to earthquakes by having drills.

The ShakeOut drills originated in California in 2008.