Eleven states will participate in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout this month, an earthquake preparedness event centered around a simultaneous earthquake drill.
Participating states are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. The "drop, cover, and hold on" drill will be held at schools and businesses at 10:15 a.m. April 28 in most states and on April 19 in Indiana.
The 2011 ShakeOut drill will be the largest earthquake preparedness event in Central U.S. history. Similar to the Great California Shakeout, scheduled for Oct. 20 this year, the Central U.S. event is organized by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its member and associate states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and dozens of other partners.
To participate, families, schools, employers and groups register on the Shakeout website and receive information on how to plan their drill and educate people about earthquake preparedness.
Scientists estimate a 25 percent to 40 percent chance of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within the next 50 years. Earthquake damage is available through earthquake insurance policies and is not covered under standard home insurance.