Tuesday, February 7, 2012

City participates in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Feb. 7

Earthquake drill promotes drop, cover and hold on

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10:15 a.m. and encourages residents to join the City and the more than two million other central U.S. citizens as they practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is designed to help residents prepare for the possibility of an earthquake by learning appropriate actions to take while an earthquake and aftershocks occur.

To participate in the ShakeOut, simply do the following on Feb. 7 at 10:15 a.m.:

- DROP to the ground
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or near the inside corner of a building
- HOLD ON to it until the earthquake drill is over (or during an actual earthquake, until the shaking stops)

During an actual earthquake, be prepared for aftershocks.

To register your family, business, school or other organization to participate in this year’s ShakeOut, please visit www.shakeout.org/centralus. Registered participants will receive information on planning their drill and creating a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness.

This year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will mark the bicentennial anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes, which were a series of damaging earthquakes that shook the central U.S. in the winter of 1811-12. The final New Madrid earthquake took place Feb. 7, 1812.

Recognizing this anniversary reminds us that we are at risk for a possible earthquake in the Kansas City region – in fact, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium estimates a 25 to 40 percent probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within the next 50 years.

The ShakeOut will involve citizens from nine states, including Missouri. Federal, state and local emergency management believe that “Drop, Cover and Hold On” is the most appropriate and effective measure to take to minimize injury during an earthquake.

For media inquiries or more information about what the City of Kansas City, Mo., is doing during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, please contact Jennifer Fales, the Office of Emergency Management’s training and outreach coordinator, at 816-784-9304.

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