Friday, February 1, 2013


The Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross are working together to prepare for an earthquake should this event ever occur.

At 10:15 a.m. on February 7, the Darke County Emergency Management Agency will partner with the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Drop, Cover and Hold On during the third annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. Drop, Cover and Hold On is the recommended safety action in the event of an earthquake. When an earthquake occurs -

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER under a sturdy table or desk, if possible, and protect your head and neck
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops

The date of the ShakeOut drill coincides with the anniversary of the February 7, 1812 earthquake that occurred near New Madrid, Missouri. The ShakeOut is organized by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The state of Ohio is one of 10 associate members of the CUSEC.

To participate in the 2013 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and learn more about earthquake safety and preparedness, go to sign up. To date, more than 810,000 individuals, schools, businesses and organizations have registered.

Please just remain mindful of all hazardous weather events. Visit,,, or call 937-548-1444 for more information on preparing and planning for disasters.

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