02/03/12 The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is encouraging all Hoosiers to register and participate in the 2012 Great Central United States ShakeOut February 7.

“Participating in the ShakeOut takes only a few minutes and provides Hoosiers the opportunity to increase their awareness about earthquake potential in our state,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “We encourage everyone to participate in this event and learn how to prepare and protect yourself from earthquakes.”

To participate, visit www.ShakeOut.org/centralus and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to create a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness. All organizers ask is that participants register (so they can be counted and receive communications), and at the minimum practice “drop, cover, and hold on” at the specified time. It is only a five minute commitment. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.

More than 600,000 Hoosiers and three million total participants throughout the region registered for the 2011 Great Central US ShakeOut. The 2012 ShakeOut will be held on February 7, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the 1812 New Madrid earthquakes. The event, organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and involving the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, will be held at 11:15 AM EST (10:15 a.m. Central) on February 7, 2012.