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Nearly 400,000 Virginians Signed Up for Oct. 18 Earthquake Drill

Registration is open for the Great Southeast ShakeOut.

Were you rattled by the ? People across Northern Virginia felt the unusual 5.8 earthquake centered in Mineral, Va. Damage here was minimal but nerves were frayed.

If an earthquake should ever shake the area again, emergency officials want residents to be prepared. They are asking everyone to participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut, an earthquake drill set for Oct. 18.

"We’re encouraging residents to register to participate in the drill—it shouldn’t take very long to take part, plus it’s a great opportunity for residents to practice what they’d do if we have another earthquake anytime soon, as well as a 'top of mind' awareness about the importance of being prepared for any type of emergency situation," said Jim Person, a spokesman for Fairfax County.

You can keep up with emergency news by signing up to get emergency alerts from CEAN (Community Emergency Alert Network).

On Oct. 18, Fairfax County will send out an alert around 10 a.m. – "kind of a participatory reminder about the drill," Person said, followed by an alert announcing the start of the drill along with one to conclude the drill.

"CEAN alerts are a great way to stay informed about emergency alerts, including severe weather," he said. To register for CEAN, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean

Great Southeast ShakeOut

With less than a month to go until the first Great Southeast ShakeOut, Virginia leads the way in registrations for the multi-state simultaneous earthquake drill, according to a news release.

As of mid-September, nearly 390,000 Virginians had signed up to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” the recommended response to an earthquake. To date, total registration stands at 560,000. Virginia has joined Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia to help people understand the safe response to an earthquake and to promote participation in the Great Southeast ShakeOut.

The drill is open to everyone – individuals, families, businesses, organizations, schools and colleges, government agencies can sign up at www.shakeout.org/southeast. Once registered, participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to engage communities to become better prepared for earthquakes and disasters.

The Great Southeast ShakeOut will be at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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