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April 15, 2011

'The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut' earthquake preparedness drill scheduled April 28

It's an earthquake drill. South Carolina, along with states located in the central United States and Georgia, will participate in an earthquake drill on April 28 10:15 a.m. This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment and stay in the position for at least 60 seconds.

The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations to be better prepared before the next big earthquake and also practice how to protect ourselves when it happens. It is an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

As with anything to react quickly, you must practice often. It is important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocked you down or drops something on you.

Everyone can register to participate in the drill—individuals, families, social groups, companies, organizations, religious affiliates, etc. by going to the ShakeOut website. Find out more about earthquakes in South Carolina at the S.C. Geological Survey.

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