The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency wants you — yeah, you — to participate in the world’s largest earthquake drill because, well, you never know. Over 19 million people registered last year to join in with this international effort aimed at helping people better prepare to survive and recover from major earthquakes that could strike at a moment’s notice.
According to the MassGov website, “Millions of people worldwide who will ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ on October 17th at 10:17 a.m. in the 2013 Great Shakeout.”
Obviously, the PSA recognizes that earthquakes are rarely a factor that New Englanders have to deal with, but that’s not to say they never happen.
After all, the Weston Observatory reiterates that notable exceptions to the rule include the”earthquake off the coast of Cape Ann, MA in 1755; two earthquakes near Ossipee, NH in 1940; and an earthquake near New York City in 1884…. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you”
Check out this video courtesy of the First Lego League team from Weston, MA to know how to properly act during times of distress when plate tectonics are working at its finest: