Great Central U.S. Shakeout Earthquake Drill Today

The core mission of the National Weather Service in Louisville is the protection of lives and property by the timely issuance of weather forecasts and warnings.  In our mission, we have several partners, including FEMA, the United States Geological Service, Kentucky Emergency Management, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, among others.

While the NWS is the lead agency when it comes to dangerous weather, today we are helping these partners in spreading the word of another danger to residents of Kentucky and Indiana - earthquakes.  As part of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the last of the 1811-1812 earthqakes that destroyed the town of New Madrid, Missouri, the Great Central U.S. Shakeout Earthquake Drill will be contucted over 9 states. 

At approximately 11:15 am Eastern Standard Time/ 10:15 a.m. CST, all residents of Kentucky and Indiana are encouraged to participant in the Drill by practicing the recommended DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON safety drill. Simply drop to the floor, get on your knees under a sturdy object, such as a desk or table, and hold on until the shaking stops.

Knowing and practicing this drill could save your life or help prevent serious injury. For more information and to be counted in the drill, visit one of the partner sites above or the Great Central U.S. Shakeout website.

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