[The following was provided by UMKC Department of Geosciences.]
On April 28, 2011, 10:15 a.m., UMKC’s Dept of Geosciences is hosting the ShakeOut drill in Flarsheim Hall, 4th floor. Everyone is invited.
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a multi‐state earthquake drill. Organizers estimate that more than one million will participate in the 11-state exercise. (See video at end of UMatters article.)
According to earthquake experts, there is a 25‐40% probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within the next 50 years. The ShakeOut is designed to help people in the region get ready for damaging earthquakes, practice how to protect themselves, and prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
During the drill, Participants will simultaneously practice the recommend action during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
- DROP to the ground,
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops