What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. Earthquakes are an inevitable part of our future; we must act today to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.
The 3rd annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on February 7th, 2013 will involve more than 2 million people through a broad‐based outreach program, partnership with the media, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. This event is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
The ShakeOut will be centered around a simultaneous Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill that will be held at 10:15 AM on February 7, 2013. Drop, Cover, and Hold On is the easy‐to‐remember and recommended personal protective action to take during an earthquake. February 7th is also the 201st anniversary of the last of the 1811‐12 earthquakes that destroyed the town of New Madrid, Missouri and created Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee.