One of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history occurred in the Central part of the country a little over 200 years ago--a quake so big it reversed the course of the Mississippi River while the earth quivered. Seismologists say there's a chance another quake as intense could strike the central United States. To help Hoosiers prepare the Indiana Department of Homeland Security will hold the Great Central US Shake Out earthquake drill on Thursda, October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. local time. According to emergency officials and first responders, when an earthquake hits you should drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk and hold on until the shaking stops.
(graphic: provided by http://www.shakeout.org)
Individuals, schools and organizations are being asked to sign up online to participate in the drill. John Erickson of the department of homeland security says, once registered, participants will receive information about showcase events in their area and regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
Erickson told Region News that he was proud of the fact that of all ten states in the central U.S., participating in the drill, Indiana leads the way for people registered to participate in the drill. According to http://www.shakeout.org, as of 5p.m. CDT Monday, October 14, 2013, 531,827 Hoosiers have registered so far with the next closest state, in number and proximity, Illinois, reporting 486,556 individuals have signed up.
(graphic provided by http://www.USGS.gov )
To register for the earthquake drill to be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 or more information visit: http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/register/
PROTECT YOURSELF. SPREAD THE WORD
Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:
•DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), •Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and •HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.
These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as described in Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions .
The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!
In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.
As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to shake, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as children do in school at least once each year.
According to http://www.shakeout.org here is What NOT to do:
DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!
DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.