Regional
3:23 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

FEMA Plans Earthquake Preparedness Drill

Federal Emergency Management officials want people in the region to participate in "Drop, Cover, and Hold-on"drills Thursday, as part of a nationwide earthquake preparedness effort. They're calling the project the "Great Shakeout."

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says earthquakes occur all year long in the United States, with many taking place in locations people wouldn't expect. Fugate wants people to take a minute out of their schedule to practice the "drop, cover, and hold-on drill", and to practice what they would do during an actual earthquake.

FEMA hopes to have more than 13 million people participate in the drill, which will be held at 10:18am, local time, regardless of the time zone where someone resides.  More information on the drill and tips for seniors and those with disabilities can be found here.