MEMA encourages Mississippians to take part in quake drill

MEMA encourages Mississippians to take part in quake drill

Some 55 million people participated in all of the Great Shakeouts drills in 2017, compared to 55 million in 2016.

The drill is part of America's Preparathon, a grassroots campaign to make sure people are prepared to survive and recover quickly after natural disaster damage.

The drill itself will be held at 10:19 a.m. - the time reflecting the date of October 19.

At 10:19 a.m. PT, in businesses, schools, and homes, people will drop to the floor, find cover underneath a stable desk or table, and hold on for a few minutes.

Last year, over 800,000 people in BC participated.

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As of late Wednesday, almost 53 million participants were registered for ShakeOut drills worldwide, including more than 10.2 million in California, organisers said.

Dropping to the ground prevents the quake from causing you to fall, while taking cover helps protect you from flying objects and falling debris.

While California is the most notorious state for earthquakes, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the Hoosier state is also exposed to a serious threat of earthquakes.

But this year's event is expected to be the biggest yet after scenario experts predicted that a magnitude-7 quake is likely to happen in Southern California in the next several decades. "According to the Alabama Geological Survey, this year we have had about 11 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.8 to 2.7".

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