CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina is no stranger to earthquakes. In fact, the state averages 10-15 earthquakes each year, which are mostly below 3.0 magnitude.
To mark Earthquake Preparedness Week, which is observed between October 11th and 17th, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is calling on everyone to participate in an annual earthquake drill known as the “ShakeOut.”
The goal of the drill is to bring awareness to earthquake safety across South Carolina.
Schools, organizations, businesses, and emergency preparedness leaders are set to participate in the drill.
Do you know what to do? Drop, cover, and hold on!
When you feel the earth move, you should drop to your hands and knees where you are, according to SCEMD. Next, cover your heard and neck with one arm and hand, as you crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk; then hold on to your shelter with one hand until shaking stops (remain on your knees and covering your head and neck with your other arm and hand).
If you are in a car, emergency management officials say you should pull over and stop. Avoid bridges and overpasses and set your parking brake.
If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow. If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings, trees and power lines.
The Great Southeast ShakeOut drill will take place on Thursday, October 15 at 10:15 a.m.