For Immediate Release - October 09, 2015

MEMA Encourages Participation in the 2015 Great Northeast Shakeout

National and Regional Earthquake Drills Will Take Place on October 15th at 10:15AM

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. millions of people across the world in schools, businesses, government offices, organizations, and households will participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.  This drill will provide an opportunity to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management agency (MEMA) is encouraging all residents to participate in the 2015 Great Northeast ShakeOut. “While the main goal of the ShakeOut Drill is to prepare for a major earthquake, families, schools and businesses can use this as an opportunity to prepare for other types of natural or man-made disasters as well,” stated MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.

Earthquakes occur in Massachusetts.  In fact, the Seismic Hazard Maps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), indicate that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a medium risk of earthquakes: Therefore it is important that residents know how to ‘be safe when the earth shakes’.

In 2014, nearly 500,000 people participated in The Great Northeast ShakeOut and nearly 26.5 million people worldwide.  To date, over 350,000 people in the Northeast have registered to participate, with over 39.5 million worldwide.

Many businesses, schools, and organizations will also use the drill to practice and test other aspects of their emergency plans (notifications, communications, evacuation, etc.). Participation is entirely voluntary and organizations can choose their level of involvement. Please consider joining MEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USGS, the Weston Observatory and millions of people across the country in participating in this exercise.

More detailed information about The Great ShakeOut, as well as event registration, is available at:


MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management.  By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - - individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses - - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, coordinating response operations, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.

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