Earthquake program manager speaks with students in Cape Girardeau on International ShakeOut Day

(KBSI) – International ShakeOut Day is Thursday, October 20. This is when millions of people participate in earthquake drills at schools, work or home. At 10:20 a.m., people across the work were encouraged to practice earthquake safety.

Cape Girardeau Public Schools participated in the drill Thursday. During the drill, students practiced “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” the recommended safety procedure to take during an earthquake.

Missouri’s state earthquake program manager Jeff Briggs talked with students at Franklin Elementary about the importance of earthquake and disaster safety. He also demonstrated proper earthquake safety techniques and discussed the earthquake risk in Missouri.

Earthquakes can occur at any time, anywhere, and without warning. Quakes can and do occur closer to home. There are two active seismic zones in the KBSI viewing area, the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone.

An earthquake can strike when you are at work, at home, at school, or while on vacation.

ShakeOut provides the opportunity to practice what you would do in the event of an earthquake.

Get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect yourself when they happen. The purpose of ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.

  • Drop where you are, onto your hands and knees.
  • Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand. Then crawl underneath the table or desk for additional shelter. Stay on your knees and bend forward to protect vital organs.
  • Hold On to your shelter with one hand. Keep covering your head/neck with your other hand.

Some ideas for individuals/families are:

  • Do a “hazard hunt” for items that might fall during earthquakes and secure them.
  • Create a personal or family disaster plan.
  • Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits.
  • Identify and correct any issues in your home’s structure.

Tap here to visit the Great ShakeOut online.

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