November 15, 2010
Dear Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers,
I would like to encourage you to meet one of your school or district safety drill requirements (KRS 158.163) in 2011 by participating in the first ever “The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut”, which is going to be held on April 28, 2011 at 10:15 am (CDT).
This event will be held in at least eight states and is open to anyone willing to participate. During the drill, participants will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”, the recommended procedure for what to do during an earthquake. With your participation, we can make this the largest safety drill ever held in the central U.S.
The goals of the ShakeOut are to provide a sense of urgency about earthquakes, encourage participants to get prepared, practice what to do to be safe, and learn what plans need to be improved. Schools are leaders in preparedness. Your participation will set an example for many others to get involved.
Registered participants will be given detailed information for planning their drills. Organizers are working to create age-appropriate resources for planning drills, promoting participation, teaching about earthquakes and preparedness, and educating families.
The ShakeOut is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, which includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Other partners include emergency management agencies (state and local), FEMA, Citizen Corps, U.S.
Geological Survey, the American Red Cross, and many more public and private entities.
Our website http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/ is now operational and accepting registrations. Please
pledge your school or district to participate in the ShakeOut.
Please mark April 28, 2011 on your calendar as the day you will participate in this historic event!
If you have any questions about the ShakeOut, please contact the Central United States Earthquake
Consortium by phone at (800) 824-5817 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me directly by phone at (502) 607-5712 or by email at email@example.com
Together, we can work to successfully prepare our schools and children for earthquakes and other
State Earthquake Awareness Coordinator