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UMW to participate in earthquake preparedness drill

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The University of Mary Washington will participate in the  Great SouthEast ShakeOut, a drill for what to do in the event of an earthquake, on Thursday at 10:18 a.m.

The UMW community will join thousands of people from Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C., in the event.

Gov. Bob McDonnell recently declared the day Earthquake ShakeOut Day in Virginia.

At 10:18 a.m., UMW’s Area Warning System will be tested and a text alert will be sent.

Marty Morrison, director of news and public information at UMW, said the drill is an opportunity for people to remember where they are and what they should do in the event of an earthquake.

“So many people were unprepared last time,” she said. “This is a reminder that it can happen here.”

During an earthqauke, the U.S. Geological Survey recommends that people drop to the ground and take cover under a sturdy object.

The ShakeOut website states, “Southeasterners must get better prepared before the next big earthquake, and practice how to protect ourselves when it happens. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.”

For more information about the Great SouthEast ShakeOut,  visit