Shake it down low, under your desk
Downtown Culpeper suffered serious damage in 2011's earthquake -File photo
In 2011, there was an earthquake that startled everyone out the door. The quake, a magnitude-5.8, was centered in Louisa County near the town of Mineral. Several historic buildings in Culpeper, about 35 miles to the north, were damaged and had to be repaired or torn down.
This Thursday, public safety officials hope to remind Fauquier County residents of the proper way to behave in an earthquake. On 10/17 at 10:17, 1.7 million people will participate in the "Great SouthEast Shakeout," where they will drill through the official steps: Drop, Cover, and Hold on.
All of Fauquier County Public Schools will participate simultaneously, along with local government agencies. According to Karen Parkinson, public information officer for FCPS, "The drill will provide an opportunity for Fauquier County Public Schools to promote readiness in the event of an actual emergency."
When an earthquake occurs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends:
Drop to the ground.
Take cover under a desk or table.
Hold on to it until shaking stops.
If another earthquake occurred, those who participated in the Shakeout would have a better understanding of how to react. "Most people's reaction to the earthquake in 2011 was to run outside. This is when people are injured," said Sara Makely, deputy coordinator.
"Unlike hurricanes and other natural hazards, earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, and can have disastrous and far-reaching effects," said Ame Duncan, Secretary of Education, and Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security in a press release. Currently, Virginia has over 1.1 million people signed up to participate in the drill.
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