State Dept. of Homeland Security Encourages Earthquake Preparedness

FORT WAYNE Ind. (WOWO): The State Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Indiana residents to participate in an earthquake awareness program. 

This year, the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will prepare Hoosiers for an earthquake, even though they aren't very common in the Midwest. At 10:16 a.m. on October 16th, participants should drop to the ground and take cover under a desk or table and hold on as if a major earthquake were occurring.

John Erickson, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, says Indiana falls within two fault lines or “seismic zones.” And, Indiana's due for a major earthquake. “You can't predict them, but scientists are saying it's inevitable that there will be a large earthquake in Indiana's future.”

A total of 2.2 million people, including 433,000 Indiana residents, have registered for the region's ShakeOut. Other states that are participating include. Al­a­bama, Arkansas, Illinois, Ken­tucky, Mississippi, Mis­sou­ri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Ten­nessee. 

Last year, Indiana had the highest number of registrants in 2013, at close to 550,000.