Friday is the 201st anniversary of two major earthquakes that rocked the central U.S., including much of Illinois and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging people to register for the Great Central U.S. Shakeout at 10:15 a.m. on February 7.
More than 286,000 Illinois residents have already registered for the multi-state drill, with a total of 1.7 million people registered in the 9 participating states.
Participants in the drill will practice “drop, cover and hold on,” which reminds people to “drop” down to the floor, take “cover” under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture, and “hold on” to the furniture item and be prepared to move with it until the shaking ends.
Schools, businesses, government agencies, families and others can register to participate in the drill at www.shakeout.org/centralus. Registered participants will receive additional information about the drill and earthquake preparedness.
Additional information about the earthquake risk in Illinois and steps to take before, during and after an earthquake is available at www.ready.illinois.gov.