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Media Contact:
Hannah Wichern, Mitigation and Recovery Specialist
Boone County Office of Emergency Management
Phone: (573) 554-7900

Boone County Residents Encouraged to Practice Earthquake Safety During the Great ShakeOut

October 16, 2023 –The Boone County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM) encourages all citizens, businesses, organizations, and schools to participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 19, 2023, at 10 a.m. International ShakeOut Day, held every third Thursday of October, is a day of individual and community events featuring the world’s largest earthquake drill, organized to inspire others to prepare for earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

By learning more about the earthquake hazards facing one’s community, individuals increase the chance of surviving an earthquake. BCOEM offers educational videos that teach citizens what to do during and after an earthquake to stay safe. These videos are available to the public on the YouTube channel @BooneCountyOEM.

When it comes to earthquakes and other disasters, simple things can be done to be safer and better prepared.  Preparing for an earthquake or disaster can be done in four steps:

  1. Make a Plan.  Create a disaster plan and decide how you will communicate in an emergency.
  2. Build a Kit. Gather disaster supplies and store them in an easily accessible location.
  3. Get Involved. Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.  Consider adding earthquake insurance if it is available in your area.
  4. Be Informed. Learn how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” when the earth shakes. Opt-in to receive emergency alerts from BCOEM by texting BCALERT to 67283. 

To register your organization for the Great ShakeOut or to learn more about participating, visit the webpage