At 10:22 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, more than 87,000 Montanans will simultaneously “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in what has become one of the world’s largest earthquake drills.
Joining millions of others across the United States and around the world, Montanans will practice the earthquake safety technique that is widely regarded as one of the best ways to protect against injury during major earthquakes.
“The Montana ShakeOut is a great and simple way to prepare for earthquakes. These three steps — Drop, Cover, and Hold on — can save lives if the ground starts shaking,” Gov. Steve Bullock said.
Participants can take part in the ShakeOut drill wherever they find themselves on Oct. 22 at 10:22 a.m. —at home, at work or while traveling.
Here is how “Drop, Cover and Hold On” works:
o Drop to the ground
o Take Cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and cover your head and neck.
o Hold On to your shelter until the shaking stops. Be prepared for aftershocks.
An emergency text message will be sent to the Montana Tech campus at 10:22 a.m. Wednesday, telling faculty, staff and students to "drop, cover and hold on!"
To learn more about the Great Montana ShakeOut, go to http://www.shakeout.org/montana/.