A drill is scheduled for today at 10:16 a.m. ET as part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut for earthquake preparedness.
According to Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery, Indiana is one of 11 states with 478,000 individuals and business professionals statewide participating in earthquake drills. Scientists estimate that there is a 25-40 percent probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central part of the nation within a 50-year window of time.
Two seismic zones are close enough to the state that a catastrophe could occur that would affect a number of states. Today’s drill will help prepare plans for such an event.
Participants will perform a variety of disaster safety activities including the act of drop, cover and hold on; testing emergency plans or procedures; updating disaster kits, and securing items that may cause injury during an earthquake.
If you would like to register to participate in the drill, visit www.shakeout.org/centralus. Several resources are available for participants to use during the drill including drill materials, video sources, and earthquake scenarios.