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January 10, 2012

Drop, Cover and Hold On Feb. 7 for the 2012 Great ShakeOut


The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill will be at 10:15 a.m., CST, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. This will be an opportunity for individuals at home, at work and at school to practice the Drop, Cover and Hold On technique, the recommended procedure for what to do during an earthquake.

The ShakeOut will be held across Tennessee and is open to anyone willing to participate. More than 1,000,000 people have registered to participate so far.

The goal of the ShakeOut is to provide a sense of urgency about earthquakes, encourage participates to get prepared and practice what to do to be safe.

The ShakeOut also coincides with the 200th anniversary of the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes that created Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee and destroyed the town of New Madrid, Missouri. Were these earthquakes to happen today, there would be widespread damage and disruption.

Individuals, families, schools, families, organizations and businesses can register for the ShakeOut at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus/register.