RIVERDALE — The Clayton County Fire Department is urging residents to take part in the 2012 Great SouthEast ShakeOut drill. The drill will be the largest preparedness event in U.S. history, according to officials.
The Great SouthEast ShakeOut drill is held statewide annually on the third Thursday of October, and is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance.
“The 2012 Great Southest ShakeOut is an excellent way to raise awareness on a topic many of us in this part of the country seldom consider, earthquakes,” said Fire Chief/EMA Director Jeff Hood. “Taking part in this year’s activities makes us safer at home and as a community.”
The 2012 Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill will be at 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18.
“Earthquakes are an inevitable part of the southeast’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes,” said Clayton County Fire Capt. Walter Barber. “That is why Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services would like for residents to participate in this years’ Great SouthEast ShakeOut Drill.”
Barber said with 38 million people living and working in the southeast, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. “What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards.” he added. “It is only a five-minute commitment for something that can save your life. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.”
To participate, visit www.ShakeOut.org/SouthEast/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill.
Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to create a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness. Participants are asked to register so they can be counted and receive communications and at the minimum practice “drop, cover, and hold on” at the specified time.