There is still time to join the more than 370,000 Missourians registered to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill at 10:17 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 17).

The Great Central U.S. Shakeout teaches the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protective actions to take in the event of an earthquake. Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee are also participating. The states will be among more than 30 U.S. states and territories conducting earthquake drills on the same day.

During the ShakeOut, residents should practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique for 60 seconds: 

DROP to the ground

• Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

  HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

The technique is considered the best way to protect yourself in an earthquake. You can register for the earthquake drill at Oct. 17 is the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California, which killed 62 people and damaged thousands of buildings.

Additional information about the ShakeOut is available at  Additional information about the ShakeOut drill, including  materials for schools on conducting the drill and a video demonstrating a school ShakeOut drill are available The site also has information about the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

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