HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 17, 2018) – The Division of Emergency Services is proud to join the Maryland Emergency Management Agency , FEMA and the Ready Campaign PrepareAthon to promote Earthquake Preparedness this October and is encouraging everyone to take part in The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills occurring across the county on October 18 th at 10:18 a.m.

Powerful earthquakes are not common in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but the August, 2011 tremor near Mineral, VA, reminded us that we are not immune from the effects of an earthquake. That is why the Division of Emergency Services and Emergency Management Officials are urging residents to participate in Thursday’s Great ShakeOut Drill.

“Strong earthquakes are not common in this area, but I am sure many of us remember where we were on August 23, 2011,” said R. David Hays, Director of Emergency Services. “That was a wake-up call for those of us in the Maryland area to learn what to do – and what not to do – during an earthquake.”
One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible after effects. Earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and at any time during the day. You could be at work, school, or at home. It is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

A key aspect of the Great ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

On October 18 th at 10:18 a.m. local time, we ask that you join us when we drop, cover, and hold 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 Shakeout.org . Information on the different types of hazards is available at Ready.gov or the Spanish-language web site Listo.gov .