(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The first statewide earthquake drill is taking place today.
The Great Central U.S. Shakeout has been scheduled for 10:15 Tuesday morning. More than 540,000 Hoosiers are among the 2.1 million in the Midwest who have registered to take part.
Schools, businesses, and even people in their own homes are participating. During the drill, people are encouraged to practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On."
-DROP to the ground
-Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
-HOLD-ON to it until the shaking stops
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said there's a real possibility of an earthquake happening in Indiana over the next 50 years due to the Wabash Valley and New Madrid seismic zones.
The New Madrid Fault is located about 180 miles southwest of Evansville. The Wabash Valley Seismic Zone is only about 10 miles west of Vincennes.
"There are many simple steps you can take to make your home more earthquake ready, such as placing large items on lower shelves, and hanging heavy pictures away from beds," says IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. "But many other steps, like assembling a disaster kit, and establishing family communication and home evacuation plans, are the same whether you're preparing for a storm, tornadoes, or an earthquake."
Indiana Department of Homeland Security - http://www.in.gov/dhs/3536.htm