State EMA encouraging Alabamians to participate in earthquake drill

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ALABAMA -- (WTVY) The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is encouraging schools, business, and other residents to sign up and participate in an earthquake drill scheduled for Oct. 19.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is meant to prepare Alabamians for a major earthquake, AEMA Director Brian Hastings said. There have been 11 earthquakes ranging from 1.8 to 2.7 in magnitude so far this year, according to the Alabama Geological Survey.

"Many people in our state are not aware of the fact that we have earthquakes quite frequently," Hastings said. "These low magnitude earthquakes do not normally cause structural damage but we could potentially have something of a higher magnitude. The only way to be prepared is to practice and the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill is a great opportunity."

During the drill, which starts at 10:19 a.m., participants are asked to do the following:

Drop to the ground
Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or cover the head/neck with your arms
Hold on until the shaking stops

The link to register can be found here: al.com