ShakeOut prepares Oklahomans for earthquakes

Students at Cleveland Bailey Elementary School were among those who took part Thursday in the regional earthquake drill known as ShakeOut.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 11, 2013

— Cleveland Bailey Elementary students and staff joined more than 2 million people in nine states in a regionwide earthquake drill Thursday.

Participants learned to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

The event, which was organized by the state Emergency Management Department, was part of the third-annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.

In Oklahoma, nearly 60,000 people signed up to participate in the drill. Organizers said 120 Oklahoma schools, government agencies, businesses and other organizations took part.

During the ShakeOut, participants dropped to the ground, took cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and held on to the table for about 60 seconds. Experts say this is the best method of protection during an earthquake, since the primary threat for injury is falling debris and toppling objects.