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Earthquake Preparedness Drill to happen October 16th

posted Sep 18, 2014, 1:47 PM by Michael A. Hawkes
New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Encourages Participation in the New Mexico Shake Out

SANTA FE – This week, the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced that the New Mexico Shake Out has been scheduled for October 16, 2014. This event focuses on earthquake preparedness for families, individuals, businesses organizations and government agencies across the state.

It is estimated that over 15 million people worldwide will participate in the 2014 Shake Out exercise. For the first time this year, participants can register for the event and be counted as New Mexico participants.

“I encourage all New Mexicans to register today to ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ on Thursday, October 16th,” said DHSEM Secretary Greg Myers. “The main goal of the Shake Out drill is to get New Mexicans prepared for major earthquakes. Your family or group can use the Shake Out as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.”

Each individual or group can determine when in the day works best to practice ‘Drop Cover and Hold On’. Register at to be counted in the Shake Out Drill, get email updates, and find additional resources. Registration is free. At the New Mexico Shake Out website, you can download posters and flyers to advertise the drill under the ‘resources’ tab. In addition, there is a short audio and video, which can be played during the drill. From the website you can also personalize a certificate confirming participation for individuals or groups.

Did you know that there are several active geologic areas capable of producing damaging earthquakes in State of New Mexico? You can read more about earthquake risk in New Mexico and learn more about being prepared at the New Mexico Shake Out website under the ‘why participate’ tab.