ShakeOut 2013–Earthquake Drill on 10/17

By , October 15, 2013 9:04 am

Earthquake DrillUMKC is participating in the 2013 Great Central US ShakeOut Earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17.

An alert will be sent out UMKC mass notification system. Participation in the drill is not mandatory, but it is encouraged.

During the drill, remember to drop, cover, and hold on: Drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes.

While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?

Finally, practice what your community will do after the shaking stops.

A great step for after your “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill is to practice how to communicate with family, friends, and co-workers. Texting first before making phone calls is highly recommended. Learn more from ShakeOut partner Safe America Foundation and their “Text First. Talk Second.” campaign, including how to hold a texting drill.

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