NH HSEM Encourages Everyone to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” During the 2014 Shakeout
CONCORD - On October 16th at 10:16 a.m. millions of people across the world will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” while participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.
The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) encourages everyone to participate in the 2014 Great Northeast ShakeOut.
“ShakeOut is a great opportunity to prepare for a major earthquake by holding an earthquake drill, but it’s also an opportunity for families, schools and businesses to consider preparedness for all natural and man-made disasters,” Perry Plummer, director of New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said. “The time to prepare is now. Make sure your emergency kits, family emergency plans and communication plans are completed and up-to-date, and go to ReadyNH.gov to sign up for NH Alerts.”
Earthquakes do happen in New Hampshire. In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey forecasts larger and more damaging earthquakes along the East Coast than previously thought. New Hampshire is currently at medium risk of earthquakes and residents should know how to be safe when an earthquake occurs.
In 2013, about 25 million people participated worldwide. Currently, more than 350,000 participants have registered in the Northeast along with more than 23 million worldwide.
Participation is voluntary and can be as simple as a 60-second drill.
Learn more about The Great ShakeOut and event registration at: http://www.shakeout.org/northeast/.
New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating the State’s response to major disasters. This includes natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and severe winter storms, and human-caused disasters, such as nuclear power plant accidents or chemical spills. In our Homeland Security function, the Division also works on planning and training to prepare for terrorist attacks. For additional information about NH HSEM, go to http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/index.html. Follow NH HSEM updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEMand Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for NH Alerts to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about NH Alerts and other preparedness tools, visit: www.readynh.gov.