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ECC Encourages Residents to Participate in October 18 “The Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Preparedness Drill

Last year’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake took our region by surprise and was an important reminder of our vulnerability to these no-notice events.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle-UVA Emergency Communications Center encourages residents to participate in the 2012 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Preparedness Drill. On October 18, 2012, join more than 10 million others who have committed to take a few moments to refresh their understanding of what to do in the event of an earthquake.

The Great ShakeOut is an earthquake drill that provides an opportunity for communities to practice how to stay safe during earthquakes and apply the protective action: “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” This means if you are in a building, you should move no more than a few steps, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk and hold on until the shaking stops.

This is also a good time to review and update emergency preparedness plans, gather supplies and to secure any furnishings, fixtures and items to prevent damage and injuries in the event of an earthquake.

For more information or to sign up to participate in the Great ShakeOut, please visit Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved and be prepared for the next seismic event!



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