Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management, along with other local, state, regional and national agencies want you to take one minute on Thursday, October 20, 2016 to drop, cover and hold on for the Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill.
“Lexington is within two seismic zones in the central United States,” said Patricia Dugger, Director of Lexington’s Emergency Management agency. “The New Madrid Fault and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone can become active at any time. While we haven’t had a serious quake in more than 100 years, it’s always good to be prepared for this or any other emergency.”
While the drill officially starts at 10:20 a.m. local time, residents can take a minute and practice anytime. The protective actions are simple:
- DROP to the ground.
- TAKE COVER under a sturdy desk or table.
- HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
The 2016 Shakeout drills will be the largest preparedness event in history with more than 52.8 million participants worldwide. In Kentucky, it’s expected that more than 300,000 people will participate.
For more earthquake preparedness information, visit www.ShakeOut.org/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and involve others. It is only a one-minute commitment for something that can save your life. More about earthquake readiness is available at www.BeReadyLexington.com/earthquake.
More information about CSEPP and emergency preparedness is available from the Lexington Emergency Management website: BeReadyLexington.com. Information is also available on the DEM Facebook page – LexingtonKYEM – and also on Twitter – @Lexkyem.