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MEMA encourages participation in ‘Great ShakeOut’ earthquake drill

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Ahead of ‘Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week,’ the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is encouraging Mississippians to take part in the ‘Great ShakeOut’ earthquake drill Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 10:21 AM.

During the self-led drill, participants will practice the three essential actions to take during an earthquake, which are to:

  1. DROP to the ground.
  2. Take COVER under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck.
  3. HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

Individuals and organizations can register for the ‘Great ShakeOut’ by visiting Once registered, participants will receive more information on how to plan their drill and additional earthquake preparedness tips.

According to the Great ShakeOut website, over 12.5 million people have registered to participate in the United States, which includes over 290,000 Mississippians.

Although only a small number of earthquakes have been centered in Mississippi, the state has been affected by numerous shocks located in neighboring states particularly along the ‘New Madrid Seismic Zone,’ which is why earthquake preparedness is especially important for Mississippians.

For more earthquake preparedness information visit our website and watch MEMA’s earthquake preparedness video here.

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