Most remember the rule "stop, drop and roll" when it comes to fires. Federal emergency management officials want to add "drop, cover and hold on" to our memory banks.
Those are the instructions given during an earthquake, and people across five states, including Maryland, and the District of Columbia will be practicing them on Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium are holding "The Great Southeast ShakeOut", a widespread earthquake response drill.
To be counted and listed among the ShakeOut participants, register online here.
Given the August 2011 earthquake that rattled up and down the East Coast, the practice is important, officials said. It will take place at 10:18 a.m. Thursday in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
During the drill (and, in a real earthquake) people are instructed to:
- Drop to the ground;
- Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and,
- Hold on to it until the shaking stops.
The August 23, 2011 earthquake was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake 38 miles northwest of Richmond, Va. It was among the largest on the East Coast and may have been felt by more people than any other earthquake in history.
Damage was significant across central Virginia near the epicenter, and in Washington, the National Cathedral and Washington Monument were damaged. In Baltimore, the Basilica of the Assumption remains under construction for repairs needed after the quake.