COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia residents are encouraged to “drop, cover, and hold on” by participating in the 2015 Great SouthEast ShakeOut.
This is the nation’s largest earthquake drills and it’s organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other partners along being supported locally by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s Ready Georgia campaign.
The campaign is to help households, businesses, and schools across Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland learn what to do when a disaster strikes.
Although many Georgians believe the state is not prone to this type of natural disaster, Georgia has a history of earthquake hazards dating back to 1811. In early 2014, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Georgia-South Carolina border and tremors were felt hundreds of miles away. Counties along the Georgia-South Carolina border are in an area of the state at greatest risk for earthquakes, as are Georgia’s northwest, central and west central counties.
The Great SouthEast ShakeOut will occur Thursday, October 15th at 10:15 AM.