2015 Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill is Set for Thursday, October 15th

office of emergency managementCentral Virginians can practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” the safe response to an earthquake, during the Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill set for Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m.

Earthquakes happen without warning, and the shaking may be so severe that you cannot run or crawl. So Drop, Cover and Hold On IMMEDIATELY. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the to prepare for an earthquakeground in an inside corner of the building, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms to protect yourself from falling materials. Do not try to run to another room to get under a table.

Also, during an earthquake, don’t run outside. Trying to run is dangerous because the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by falling bricks, glass and other building materials.

If you can’t participate October 15th, hold an earthquake drill for your family, workplace, organization or school anytime through December 31st, and you can still register your participation in the ShakeOut.

Organize a hazard hunt in your home. Identify things that could potentially fall during an earthquake. Learn how to secure hazardous items before an earthquake occurs.

Last year more than one million Virginians took part in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut. Learn more and sign up for the October 15th ShakeOut at or

During the ShakeOut, citizens should practice these actions that are recommended when earthquakes occur:

  • Drop to the ground where you are
  • Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting
    your head and neck
  • Hold On until the shaking stops

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