On October 15th at 10:15 a.m. millions of people across the country in schools, businesses, government offices, organizations, and households will participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill by practicing “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and other aspects of their emergency plans. We request your partnership in promoting participation in the 2014 Great Northeast ShakeOut. Last year, nearly 500,000 people participated in the Great Northeast ShakeOut and 26.5 million people participated in the drills worldwide.
Earthquakes occur in Massachusetts and it is important that residents know how to be safe when the earth shakes. New Seismic Hazard Maps from the USGS show Massachusetts as having a medium risk of earthquakes.
You can find more detailed information and event registration at http://www.shakeout.org/northeast/. The Shakeout website has information on how various organizations can participate: http://shakeout.org/northeast/howtoparticipate/.
The website also has a document with ideas on how local government agencies and facilities can participate at: http://www.shakeout.org/downloads/ShakeOutDrillManualGovernment_v2.pdf.
Many businesses, schools, and organizations also use the drill to practice and test other aspects of their emergency plans (notifications, communications, evacuation, etc). Participation is entirely voluntary and organizations can choose their level of involvement. Please consider joining the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the USGS, the Weston Observatory and millions of people across the country in participating in this exercise.