An earthquake drill is scheduled for that date at 10 a.m. Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens encourages people to get involved and practice their response to a quake. Schools will be encouraged to participate.
“It’s an opportunity to bring awareness to earthquake safety and what procedures to use,” said Gibens. “While our area is not real prone to earthquakes, the potential is very high.”
The basic rule of thumb when the earth begins shaking is to “get under something heavy, hold on and ride it out until it stops shaking,” the EMA director said.
Families should think about setting aside some provisions such as canned foods and water, not just for earthquakes but for survival after other disasters. Two gallons of water per person per day is recommended, said Gibens.
The drill is part of The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, an annual multi-state awareness campaign for the region that is home to the New Madrid Seismic Zone. People are encouraged to participate wherever they are — at home, work or school.
If there is no table or desk nearby, it is recommended to get to an inside corner of the room and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not go outside and do not stand in the doorway.