Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Thursday

Danville, VA - Would you know what to do if an earthquake hit? A lot of people don't, which is why Governor Bob McDonnell wants to have a practice drill called Great ShakeOut.

It is a national event that teaches earthquake preparedness, but it's the first time the Southeastern portion of the U.S. has participated.

It all started after that earthquake hit in Mineral last August, and officials in Danville say it's so important for people to know what to do to stay safe.
"This is something that all citizens need to be prepared for, and we want to lead the way by setting up this drill for everyone to participate in and we hope that everyone does participate in it," says Danville Public Information Officer Arnold Hendrix.
To take part at home, organizers say you should use the "drop, cover and hold on" method: drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy table or other object, and hold on tightly.
Also, be sure to secure any loose objects that could fall over and avoid power lines and trees if you're outside.
If driving, pull over to the side of the road, but avoid parking under an overpass, bridge or traffic sign.
Get more tips on earthquake preparedness on the ShakeOut's website.