Drop, Cover, Hold On During ShakeOut Drill

Posted On October 19, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Undated) – If you see a bunch of people hit the ground and take cover Thursday morning, don’t worry. It’s part of the plan.

Organizers of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut are asking people to practice their response to an earthquake on Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m. That means participants should drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on as if a major earthquake were happening.

While California is the most notorious state for earthquakes, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the Hoosier state is also exposed to a serious threat of earthquakes. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is located 180 miles southwest of Evansville. The Wabash Valley Seismic Zone encompasses parts of Southeastern Illinois and Southwestern Indiana.

Indiana’s emergency managers say it is important for people to know what to do in case of an earthquake, especially if they don’t regularly think about the risks.

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.

You can get more earthquake information at ShakeOut.org.