Earthquake Drill This Thursday

The world’s largest earthquake drill, called the Great Southeast Shakeout is happening this Thursday, October 17th at 10:17am. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, over 2.1 million people in the southeast have registered their organization, school, agency, business or family to participate in the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill. North Carolina is not known for earthquakes, but it is important to practice for if they do happen, or if you travel somewhere that experiences an earthquake. A portion of our area in  Western North Carolina falls into the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone, which is an active area. To register and find fact sheets, drill manuals, flyers and videos about the drill for your participating group to use, visit