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Largest Earthquake Drill in Midwest History Set For Thursday

ShakeOut is a nine-state emergency readiness drill on Feb. 7.

Governor Pat Quinn this week called on every Illinois resident, school and business to particpate in what's being called the "largest earthquake drill in the history of the Midwest" on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10:15 a.m.

The third annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a nine-state emergency preparedness drill designed to encourage residents to think about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Participants can register for the drill online at www.shakeout.org/centralus where they can also tips and information about earthquake preparedness. More than 410,000 Illinois residents are already registered for the drill, which will highlight Earthquake Preparedness Month in Illinois. 

"It only takes a minute to register online in the Great ShakeOut and just seconds to participate in the drill itself, but the lessons are invaluable," Governor Quinn said. "This drill embraces the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard: 'Semper Paratus" or 'Always Ready.' I invite everyone to learn what they can do to keep safe."

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is heading preparedness efforts in Illinois.

"The ShakeOut drill raises awareness about the threat of earthquakes in Illinois," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "The drill only takes a few minutes, but the lessons learned can save countless lives."

Director Monken notes that on the IEM website, www.Illinois.gov/ready, residents are offered tips for emergency planning such as knowing escape routes and family reunification plans, building an earthquake kit and caring for pets.  

Catherine February 06, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Yeah we have SO MANY earthquakes in Illinois. Is there NOTHING more important for our PAID politicians to worry about? Just sayin'
Huntley Mom February 07, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Are you really unaware of the New Madrid fault? It is a very good idea for those of us in the mid states to be more prepared!

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