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Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Feb. 7

February 7, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – On Thursday, Feb. 7, Illinois will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, an earthquake preparedness drill that teaches the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protective actions to take in the event of an earthquake. The third annual event is a nine-state emergency preparedness drill designed to encourage residents to think about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Illinois sits atop two major fault zones, the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. The most powerful series of earthquakes ever to hit the United States happened in 1811-1812 near New Madrid, MO.

Western Illinois University's Office of Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness is responsible for the continued development and implementation of campus preparedness. For more information on earthquake and other types of emergency preparedness, see the University's emergency reference guide at For more information, contact the Office of Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness email or call (309) 298-1800.

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