11:51am

Fri January 25, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

State Prepares for February Earthquake Drill

Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed February as Earthquake Awareness Month in Kentucky as local, state and federal officials continue to prepare for The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2013. The 2013 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is expected to involve more than 2 million people through a broad‐based outreach program, partnerships with the media, and public advocacy.

This event is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) which includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The ShakeOut will be centered around a simultaneous Drop, Cover and Hold On earthquake preparedness drill that will be held at 10:15 a.m. Central Time on Feb. 7, 2013. Drop, Cover and Hold On is the easy‐to remember and recommended personal protective action to take in the event of an earthquake.

Feb. 7 is also the 201st anniversary of the last of the 1811‐12 earthquakes that destroyed the town of New Madrid, Missouri and created Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee. Scientists, experts and emergency management officials are aware earthquakes similar to, if not greater than, those that struck in 1811 – 12 could hit Kentucky anywhere, at any time, and are taking steps to educate and prepare Kentuckians, and others alike.

Louisville/Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency Director Debbie Fox reminds the community that “preparedness and planning are crucial for reduction of the threat to life and property posed by an earthquake. It is important that our homes, schools, and businesses develop plans and be prepared to react appropriately.” For further information on preparedness visit: www.louisvilleky.gov/metrosafe.