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Posted on: October 4, 2021

The Great ShakeOut

ShakeOut Dont FreakOut

Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:21 a.m. on October 21 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Why is this important?
 Earthquakes can occur at any time, anywhere and without warning. While we often associate earthquakes with the west coast, quakes can and do occur closer to home. Illinois is positioned between two active seismic zones, the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. Earthquakes were reported in Illinois in 2012 (McHenry County), 2010 (Kane County) and 2008 (Wabash County). In fact, an earthquake in any of our neighboring states could be felt by residents in Illinois. This underscores the importance of preparedness. An earthquake can strike when you are at work, at home, at school, or while on vacation. When you are asleep in your bed or at an afternoon ballgame. ShakeOut provides the opportunity to practice what you would do in the event of an earthquake.

Get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect yourself when they happen. The purpose of ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both. 

Some ideas for individuals/families are:

  • Do a "hazard hunt" for items that might fall during earthquakes and secure them
  • Create a personal or family disaster plan
  • Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits
  • Identify and correct any issues in your home's structure

For more information on the Great ShakeOut, visit https://www.shakeout.org/

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