Great Central US Shake-Out quake drill Thursday

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2017

The Great Shakeout has become an annual practice set for the third Thursday in October to prepare for what many experts have deemed an inevitable natural event set to hit the country at any time. Alabama residents, schools, businesses, local, state and federal government agencies and many other groups are encouraged to register and participate in the Great ShakeOut.

More than 440,000 people in Missouri and 300,000 in IL have signed up online to take part this year.

Participants include more than 6 million K-12 students and almost 2 million people at colleges and universities as well as governments, businesses, faith-based organizations and individuals.

"To react quickly you must practice often, " according to ShakeOut organizers.

Drop, Cover, and Hold this Thurs. People who are driving should pull over to a clear area, stop and stay seated with seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops.

It's a question that many instantly must make a reaction to when an quake strikes.

SCEMD says there have been about 10 low magnitude earthquakes in the past year.

Emergency Management officials in Augusta and SC are encouraging residents to prepare for the Great Shakeout.

Homeowners and renters should also know how to turn off the gas in their house or apartment in case of leaks.

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