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Earthquake Preparedness Information - The Great Shakeout Drill

Earthquake Preparedness Information - The Great Shakeout Drill

Dear UMD Campus Community,


On October 17th at 10:17 a.m., we invite the University of Maryland community to join more than 19.5 million individuals for the Great Shakeout. 


The Shakeout is a global earthquake awareness drill that provides local communities, schools, businesses and organizations throughout the nation with an opportunity to practice how to stay safe during an earthquake and to practice the protective action of “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”


On August 23, 2011, the 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., took us by surprise and was a stark reminder that many areas within our nation are vulnerable to these unexpected events. It was an equally powerful reminder that all of us must be prepared during an earthquake, as well as be ready for other potential hazards.


On October 17th at 10:17 a.m., we strongly encourage you to Drop to the ground, take Cover under a sturdy table or desk, and Hold On to practice the earthquake protective actions!


Remember, preparedness is a shared responsibility. Do your part and practice how to be safe when shaking begins.


To learn more about emergency preparedness at the University of Maryland, please visit


For information on earthquake preparedness, please visit


Thank you in advance for your participation!

Sent by University of Maryland Police Department
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742