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February 6, 2012

Governor Haslam proclaims 2012 Earthquake Awareness Week

Proclamation for 2012 Earthquake Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Feb. 7, 2012, marks the New Madrid Bicentennial remembering the series
of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 that forever changed the mid-western landscape of
the United States, including the creation of Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, recent disasters in Tennessee, in the United States and around the world
are remind us of the natural threats we face on a daily basis; and

WHEREAS, earthquakes present a constant threat of catastrophic damage and loss of
life to Tennesseans, and preparation and awareness of the dangers by the public may
help mitigate these losses; and

WHEREAS, on Feb. 7, 2012, at 10:15 a.m., Tennesseans are asked to participate in
the Great Central U.S. Shake Out, a voluntary earthquake exercise, by practicing the
“Drop, Cover &Hold” technique that could help prevent injury during an earthquake;

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the West Tennessee
Seismic Safety Commission, the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake
Research and Information, the Mid-South Association of Contingency Planners, and
many other groups and individuals are joining in this campaign to promote earthquake
awareness and safety for all Tennesseans;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, do hereby
proclaim the week of February 5 to 11,.2012, as
in Tennessee and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set
my hand and caused the official seal of the
State of Tennessee to be affixed at Nashville
on this 24th day of January, 2012.

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