GET READY TO ROLL: ‘Shakeout’ planned for Thursday morning

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans an earthquake drill on Thursday.

At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16,  participants in what they’re calling the “Great Northeast Shakeout” will be asked to “Drop, cover, and hold on.”

Last year more than 24.9 million people were registered in Great ShakeOut earthquake drills worldwide. Individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, Scout troops, and others can participate.

The Great Northeast Shakeout area covers Connecticut and nine other states — all of New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Getting prepared

“Northeasterners must get better prepared before the next big earthquake, and practice how to protect ourselves when it happens,” according to www.shakeout,org. “The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.”

This is the second year that Northeast states will be organized as an Official ShakeOut Region. FEMA and the Northeast States Emergency Consortium are coordinating recruitment across the entire region.

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