“Drop, Cover, Hold on,” Great Central U.S. Shakeout prepares for earthquakes


(WTVQ)- Millions in Central America will take part in an earthquake drill Thursday as a part of the annual “Great Central U.S. Shakeout”.

Every third Thursday of October, participants in more than 10 states in the central U.S. will take part in the drill at 10:15 A.M. The idea, is to practice the steps you would take in the event of a real earthquake.

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DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand

  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows)
  • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs

HOLD ON until shaking stops

  • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts
  • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

A total of 141,743 Kentuckians have registered to take part this year.

According to shakeout.org, Kentucky is affected by earthquakes from several seismic zones in and around the state. The most important one is the New Madrid Seismic Zone, in which at least three great earthquakes, each estimated to have been greater than magnitude 8 on the Richter scale, occurred from December 1811 to February 1812.

More information about earthquakes in Kentucky, and what you should do to be prepared, click HERE.