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Get Ready to Drop, Cover and Hold On
Great Central U.S. Shakeout is tomorrow
Posted Date: 2/6/2013 12:30 PM

Great Central US ShakeoutThe Lexington Division of Emergency Management encourages citizens to take a moment tomorrow – Thursday, February 7 – and review what to do in case of an earthquake as part of the Great Central U.S. Shakeout. 

“Lexington is just 200 miles away from the most active earthquake area of the United States this side of the Rocky Mountains,” said Pat Dugger, Director of Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management.  “We’ve felt some of the larger quakes from the New Madrid Seismic Zone here.  A significant earthquake would cause extensive damage in the western part of the state and seriously affect business and regular life here in Fayette County.”

In case of an earthquake, the recommended actions are to Drop, Cover and Hold On:


  • Drop to the ground or floor
  • Take cover under a table or desk
  • Hold on and wait for the quake to end


More information on the Great Central U.S. Shakeout is available at or

Here are some activities to prepare for an earthquake in your home or workplace:


  • Have a “hazard hunt” for items that might fall or fall over.  Look for ways to secure these items so they can’t fall or tip over.
  • Create a family emergency preparedness plan.
  • Put together a family emergency kit and a separate emergency kit for your car.
  • Check your insurance policy and see if you have earthquake insurance.  Talk to your representative to see if getting a policy makes sense for you if you don’t currently have such coverage.
  • Help other family members – especially if they’re seniors or persons with  disabilities – prepared for an earthquake or other emergency.
  • Don’t forget pet preparedness.  Keep an emergency kit with food and supplies for pets in case you have to relocate to a shelter or a friend’s/relative’s home for a time.


More information about emergency preparedness is available from the Division of Emergency Management website available at: or  Information from the division is also available through the Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page - Lexington KYEM.  Information is also available via the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account: