Earthquake ShakeOut Drill Today at 10:18 A.M.

UMW will join thousands of people who will participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a drill for what to do in the event of an earthquake, on today, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m. Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C., will participate in the event. Gov. Bob McDonnell recently declared the day Earthquake ShakeOut Day in Virginia.

At that time, the Area Warning System will be tested and a text alert will be sent.

Please consider where you are and what you should do if an earthquake occurred. Do you remember where you were when the earthquake occurred last year? Given what you know now, are you any better prepared than last time? Please visit http://shakeout.org/southeast to help you prepare for an earthquake.

To sign up for alerts, please visit https://alert.umw.edu/index.php?CCheck=1.

The following should be done in event of an earthquake:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

For more information, contact Christopher D. Cash, emergency systems integrator, at ccash@umw.edu or 540/654-1579.

 

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