Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill

Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill

"The likelihood of an earthquake happening in Frederick, Maryland, well, one did happen last year. While no one was hurt, there was significant damage done to some foundations of some buildings," said Blaine Young, President of the Frederick Commission.
FREDERICK, Md. - At 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, Frederick County Government employees took cover.

“The Great Southeast Shakeout is a national drill, and we became made aware of it because of our emergency preparedness office," said Heidi Keeney, Building Manager of Winchester Hall in Frederick.

Keeney said they decided to participate in the drill because of an actual 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Frederick back in 2011.

They felt a 2.1 magnitude earthquake just last year as well.

"The likelihood of an earthquake happening in Frederick, Maryland, well, one did happen last year. While no one was hurt, there was significant damage done to some foundations of some buildings," said Blaine Young, President of the Frederick Commission.

Seven states, including Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia along with Washington D.C., took part in the shakeout. This was to help prepare for emergency situations, like earthquakes.

People who participated in the Great Southeast Shakeout learned the best way to stay protected, is to drop, take cover and hold on.

"Nobody expects to be stuck in a blizzard...being prepared and having a plan whether it's an earthquake, a fire, a blizzard you know, is important," said Young.

And it was important to nearly 130 thousand people in Maryland who participated in the drill. Almost 2 million people in the Southeast region participated.

"It's better to be safe, than sorry," Young said.

In addition to the earthquake drill that Frederick County participated in, they also run shelter-in-place, lockdown, and evacuation drills twice a year.

This is the first time Frederick County performed a drill for earthquake preparedness.

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