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Tennessee has One Week to Get Ready for Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 04:25am

NASHVILLE, TENN. - Communities in ten states will take part simultaneously in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 to practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking, or Drop, Cover, and Hold On:

  • DROP to the ground;
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head/neck with your arms; and
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.


“We rarely have a week to plan for a major disaster, especially when we’re talking about earthquakes,” said Director Jim Bassham of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.  “The time is now to make preparations so you’re ready for the next emergency, and know what you will do to protect you, your family, your business and your community.”

Scientists estimate that there is a 25 to 40 percent probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within a 50-year window of time.  The ShakeOut is designed to help individuals, communities, schools, businesses and government agencies practice how to protect themselves, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.  States participating in the ShakeOut include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

The ShakeOut is coordinated by TEMA, the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and dozens of partners.

Those interested in the ShakeOut can visit and register to participate in the drill.  Many resources are available on the website for participants including earthquake drill manuals, audio and video broadcasts and earthquake scenarios.

As the lead State of Tennessee agency for promoting personal preparedness, TEMA works directly with local emergency management agencies and other federal, state and local authorities to help the public prepare for the next disaster.


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