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Posted on: October 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills on October 19th at 10:19a.m

Landover, MD-The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management (OHS/OEM) joins FEMA's  Ready Campaign PrepareAthon to promote Earthquake Preparedness. Employees and residents are encouraged to take part in The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills on October 19th at 10:19 a.m.  Earthquakes can happen at any time and at any location, bringing forth frightening and destructive aftermaths. The 2011 Mineral, Virginia earthquake and 2016 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake illustrate the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur.  OEM encourages earthquake preparedness to ensure preparation ahead of time.

A key aspect of the Great ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and decades of lessons learned about the purpose of earthquake preparedness.  ShakeOut identifies the importance of citizens, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice safety techniques, and to identify areas of improvement.

On October 19th at 10:19 a.m. local time, OEM asks that employees and residents participate in the Great ShakeOut by dropping, covering, and holding on for earthquake preparedness;

    • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
    • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
    • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

More information can be found at and at OEM's website.  Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to obtain current preparedness tips. 

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