Illinoisans urged to sign up for 'ShakeOut'

CHICAGO - Authorities want more Illinoisans to register for the "Great ShakeOut.''

It's not a new dance or exercise craze. It's a multistate drill meant to raise awareness about potential earthquakes in the region.

More than 152,000 Illinois residents have already signed up to participate in the second annual "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut'' on Feb. 7. The drill starts at 10:15 a.m.

The director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Jonathon Monken, says the mantra of earthquake preparedness is "Drop, Cover and Hold On.''

That is a reminder for people during an earthquake to drop to the floor, take cover under something sturdy and hold on to it until the shaking stops.

More than 250,000 Illinoisans took part in the first "ShakeOut'' drill last year.


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