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Georgia to Hold Statewide ‘Earthquake Preparedness’ Drill on Oct 15

At least 15,000 registered participants will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake.

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is partnering with the Great SouthEast ShakeOut to educate Georgians on the importance of being prepared. At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, participants will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake.

While earthquakes aren’t as common in Georgia as they are in other areas of the U.S., they do still occur. Earlier this year, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that originated in North Carolina was felt across parts of north Georgia.

“Because earthquakes aren’t as common in our state as flooding or tornadoes, Georgians may not be as familiar with how they should respond,” said GEMA/HS Director Chris Stallings. “It’s important to us that our constituents are prepared for possible hazards.”

In the event of an earthquake, the best way to protect yourself is to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Drop to your hands and knees, cover your head and neck as you take shelter under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to your shelter for the duration of the earthquake.

So far, over 15,000 participants have registered in the State of Georgia. Individuals and organizations interested in participating can register at www.shakeout.org/southeast/register.

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  1. NELDA SMITH

    October 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    I heard the bad guys were in control of the D.E.W.`s and weather satellites causing earthquakes & hurricanes…I thought it was conspiracy theory! Now, I know it is true! We all know Georgia has never had anything but minor earthquakes and tremors !

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