Fire drills and tornado drills are commonplace, but would you know what to do if the ground beneath you started to shake? This Thursday morning, schools, businesses, and other organizations across the state will take part in an earthquake drill known as the "Great Central US Shakeout." Steve Besemer with the State Emergency Management Agency says Missouri is in an extremely active seismic zone, so it's critical to know what to do.
"You should drop to the ground, take cover under a desk or table, and then hold onto that desk or table until the shaking stops."
Participants in the Great Central U-S Shakeout will practice that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" technique for 60 seconds. In 1812, Missouri was rocked by one of the largest earthquakes ever to hit the continental United States.