01/09/12 The 2012 Great Central U.S. Shakeout Exercise will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 10:15am (EST). The drill will include the participation of hundreds of thousands of people from eight states who have registered for this earthquake awareness event. More than 560,000 have registered overall as of December 9, 2011 and more than 240,000 of those registered are from Indiana, according the Clyde Avery, Marshall County EMA Director.
Avery is encouraging local business to join with the Red Cross and area school to participate in this year’s event. He said, “As a business, why should you prepare for an earthquake? If you prepare for an earthquake, you’re also preparing for hazards that Indiana faces each year, including flooding, snowstorms, tornadoes and other severe storms.”
There are two major seismic zones in or near Indiana – the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, which includes Western and Southwestern Indiana, and the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which includes the neighboring states of Illinois and Kentucky, but would still catastrophically affect Indiana. Some of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history occurred in the Midwest in 1811-12. If those same earthquakes happened today, it could severely impact Indiana and the nation’s economy according the Avery. He said, “That’s why we all need to be aware and be prepared.”
He would like to encourage everyone to register today to be a part of the 2012 Great Shakeout event!
If anyone would like additional information on emergency preparedness, they can contact Clyde Avery Marshall County Emergency Management Director at 574-936-3740 firstname.lastname@example.org.