Be Earthquake-Ready with the Great NorthEast ShakeOut

Have you thought about what you’d do if a major earthquake hit while you were in your home or at the office? Well, there’s a drill for that. And if you’re at work, you’ll have an excuse to get up out of your chair for a little while (although you will be crouched under your desk).

Today is the day that families and organizations are invited to learn and practice the proper steps to take in the event of an earthquake through a special drill called the Great NorthEast ShakeOut.

At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, individuals or organizations that register on the Great NorthEast ShakeOut’s website can be counted as participants in this year’s massive drill. According to the website, last year 24.9 million people worldwide were registered in Great ShakeOut drills.

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Here’s an instructional video on the “drop, cover, and hold on’’ drill.

FEMA and the Northeast States Emergency Consortium are coordinating recruitment for the drills across the northeast, according to the website.

The site also has useful information about earthquake preparedness in the home and office.

Not sure if all this is necessary? Maybe this animated video from FEMA will inspire you to become earthquake ready.

If you’re reading this after 10:16 a.m. Thursday, don’t worry. You have two more weeks to run your drill, according to the site.

Register here for the Great NorthEast ShakeOut.

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