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The third annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut multi-state earthquake drill, coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) is Thursday, February 7.
Gerri Husband, the Director of Field Services for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security stopped by the studio to explain the three things you should do as soon as you feel an earthquake: drop, cover, and hold on. Husband says if you feel tremors, immediately drop to the ground, find cover under something like a table or desk and hold on so you don't get shaken out from under your cover.
Scientists estimate that there is a 25-40% probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within a 50 year window of time. The ShakeOut is designed to help individuals and communities get ready for these earthquakes, practice how to protect themselves, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
Kentucky Governor 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.
During the self-led ShakeOut drill, participants perform a variety of disaster safety activities, including:
Practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On
Testing emergency plans or procedures
Updating disaster supply kits
Securing items that may fall or cause injury during an earthquake, and much more
As with all natural disasters, Husband says an emergency preparedness kit is a must. An emergency preparedness kit should have:
At least three days' worth of water for every person in your family,
Three days of non-perishable food,
A first aid kit,
Can Opener (manual not powered)
Paper Cups, Plates, & Towels
Flashlight and Extra Batteries
Matches in a Waterproof Case
Important Documents in Waterproof Container
Chlorine Bleach (9 drops of water to 1 drop of bleach is a usable disinfectant and 16 drops of regular (no scents, color safe, or cleaners) bleach per gallon of water to make it drinkable)
Cash (keep small bills because no power = no atm or credit cards)
Clothes (Strong shoes, long sleeve shirt, jeans, extra socks)
Entertainment for Kids (If applicable)
Extra Baby Supplies (If applicable)
Information on Louisville/Jefferson County local emergency management can be found by visiting: www.louisvilleky.gov/ema