The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is encouraging everyone in the state to take part in the 2017 “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill on Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m.
During the self-led drill, participants will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
The essential steps to take are to:
• DROP to the ground.
• Take COVER under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck.
• HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
Citizens in Mississippi are not immune to earthquakes.
The state is on the outer edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone which saw a series of major earthquakes in the early 1800’s which caused catastrophic damage.
There are several fault lines that cross the state.
“It is not a question of if but when another major earthquake occurs along the New Madrid fault,” said MEMA Director Lee Smithson. “All Mississippians should know how to protect themselves from an earthquake whether you are at home, school, work or just out in the community. Preparedness is the key to surviving any disaster.”
The ShakeOut is free and open-to-the-public, and participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups.
To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to join the drill by registering to participate here.
Once registered, participants will receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better
prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.