The Great Southeast Shakeout

Emer­gency offi­cials in Vir­ginia are encour­ag­ing peo­ple to reg­is­ter for the multi-state earth­quake drill that takes place in the fall.The “Great South­east Shake­out” is Oct. 16 and will teach peo­ple to “drop, cover and hold on.” Which sim­ply means:drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on until the shak­ing stops.

Schools, busi­ness, gov­ern­ment agen­cies and indi­vid­u­als are expected to join in the drill. Vir­ginia has been a part of the drill since the Aug. 23, 2011, pow­er­ful earth­quake that rocked the East Coast and was cen­tered in Min­eral. Last year, more than one mil­lion Vir­gini­ans participated.