MEMA encourages Mississippians to take part in quake drill

Oct 20, 2017, 00:42
MEMA encourages Mississippians to take part in quake drill

If an natural disaster strikes, or when practicing in a drill, people should drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture or interior wall away from windows and try to stay protected from falling debris until the shaking stops, Dickens said.

Millions more people registered for other ShakeOut drills across the United States and its territories as well as from British Columbia to Japan, Italy and New Zealand.

The Great Southeast ShakeOut quake drill is set for Thursday morning in SC and seven other states. Across the country and globe, more than 10 million people had already signed on for the exercise.

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Stephen Reidel, an adjunct geology professor at Washington State University, said major earthquakes - with at least magnitude 7 - occur about every 10,000 years, based on examination of a fault line near the Tri-Cities.

It was the annual Great American Shakeout Thursday.

Drop- drop where you are, onto your hands and knees. Emergency officials say you can reduce your chance of injury by dropping where you are and covering your head and neck with your hands.

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Alabama residents, schools, businesses, local, state and federal government agencies and many other groups are encouraged to register and participate in the Great ShakeOut.

The Board of Supervisors today proclaimed this week as quake and Tsunami Preparedness week, and ShakeOut is one of several ways you can participate in becoming better prepared for disasters.

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