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Ohioans can prepare for earthquakes
A national drill begins at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Jo Ingles
 
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This Feb. 7, Ohioans are being urged to practice a drill designed to help them deal with earthquakes. Tamara McBride of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency explains the drill is part of a national effort to raise awareness. She says there’s good reason for Ohioans to be prepared in the event of an earthquake.
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"We are at risk of earthquakes. We always have been. So, in an effort for all-hazard preparedness, we want to encourage residents as well as responders to recognized what they should do if an earthquake occurs."

McBride acknowledges people don't usually equate earthquakes with Ohio. But she notes that Ohio has a history of quakes, the largest back in 1812 and many smaller ones since. In 2011 alone, she says, 19 were recorded. And "in Virginia, they had a 5.8 magnitude earthquake and we felt the remnants here in Central Ohio.

She says preparedness has helped minimize damage and injury, as has the fact that Ohio has been far enough away from the epicenter of most quakes.

McBride is encouraging people to visit a website, Shakeout.org, to learn more, though she says the rules in dealing with earthquakes basically come down to three steps: "Drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk and hold on until the shaking stops."

The national earthquake drill will take place at 10:15 Feb. 7.

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