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Over 17 million participants in Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills

More than 17 million people in businesses, homes, and schools around the globe registered to participate in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills on October 17, 2013. The goal of the event was to promote disaster preparedness by encouraging people to practice earthquake safety techniques, such as dropping to the ground, taking cover under sturdy furniture, and holding on until the shaking stopped.

Hilary Anderson, American Red Cross manager, Preparedness & Resiliency, stated, “Earthquakes are unpredictable. They can occur at any time on any day. The Red Cross encourages people to be ready and know how to stay safe if a quake occurs.”

The Great Shakeout is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, the American Red Cross, and the Earthquake Country Alliance.

Ensure employee safety by developing a disaster preparedness plan and training workers on the hazards of earthquakes. Properly prepare for an earthquake by keeping safety products on hand, including work gloves, hard hats, and first aid kits.

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