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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2011

City to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

Earthquake drill promotes drop, cover and hold on

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Thursday, April 28 at 10:15 a.m. and encourages residents to join the City and the more than one million other central U.S. citizens as they “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in central U.S. history, is designed to help residents prepare for the possibility of an earthquake by learning appropriate actions to take while the earthquake and any aftershocks are occurring.

In light of the recent earthquakes in Japan and the bicentennial of the New Madrid Earthquakes approaching, it is a good reminder that we are at risk for a possible earthquake in the Kansas City region – in fact, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium estimates a 25 to 40 percent probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within the next 50 years.

The ShakeOut will involve citizens from 11 states, including Missouri. Federal, state and local emergency management believe that “Drop, Cover and Hold On” is the most appropriate and effective measure to take to minimize injury during an earthquake.

To participate in the ShakeOut, please complete the following drill on April 28 at 10:15 a.m.:

    DROP to the ground

    Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or near the inside corner of a building

    HOLD ON to it until the earthquake drill is over (or during an actual earthquake, until the shaking stops)

During an actual earthquake, be prepared for aftershocks.

To register your family, business, school or other organization to participate in this year’s ShakeOut, please visit www.shakeout.org/centralus. Registered participants will receive information on planning their drill and creating a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness.

For media inquiries or more information about what the City of Kansas City, Mo., is doing during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, please contact Jennifer Fales, the Office of Emergency Management’s training and outreach coordinator, at 816-784-9304.

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