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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Engage in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout Earthquate Drill

Jan 13, 2012
Press Release

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 10:15 a.m. Central Standard Time millions of Americans will participate in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout (ShakeOut), the second annual public earthquake drill in the region.  States in the central United States’ New Madrid Seismic Zone include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, but participation in the ShakeOut extends beyond this region.

Last year, over 3 million people participated in the first-ever central U.S. shakeout drill, choosing to practice earthquake safety at their schools, homes, workplaces and countless other organizations. This year, we're looking for parents, businesses and institutions to take the lead and make earthquake preparedness even more front and center.

As FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate posted in the FEMA Blog, “This last year was an important reminder to all of us that earthquakes, like other disasters, can strike anytime, anywhere – not just on the West Coast. They come with little to no warning and their effects, such as shaking, can often be felt hundreds of miles and many states away from their epicenters. In August, when the 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Louisa County in Virginia, shaking was felt as far south as Georgia and as far north as Quebec, Canada.” Administrator Fugate’s full blog posting can be found at

To date over one million people have registered for the ShakeOut across the central U.S.  It’s a good start – but we know we can get more people and communities involved. So if you haven’t already – do your part. Sign up to ShakeOut and then check out\earthquakes to learn how you can better prepare your home, workplace or school for an earthquake.  At hosting a ShakeOut event materials are available to supporta variety of audiences’ participation in the ShakeOut and to promote awareness and preparedness.

And remember – even if you don’t live in the central U.S., the ShakeOut isn’t about only practicing earthquake safety on one day, once a year. Take a few minutes each month to check your home, office or school to make sure these environments are as safe as possible if an earthquake would strike. And, if you're a parent or educator, review earthquake safety on a regular basis with your children, reminding them of the three simple steps of drop, cover and hold on.

“FEMA is not the team, we’re only part of the team,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  “We are constantly working with the entire federal family, state and local governments, the private sector, and faith-based and non-profit organizations to prepare for the next disaster, but we will only be as successful as the public is prepared.  Preparing you and your family for emergencies is a great resolution for the coming year – it’s simple and easy to keep.”